Monday, December 7, 2015

The Shocking True Story of That Giant Squash

Kenton Lobe and Caroline Chartrand are seen here with Gete-Okosomin squash grown at the Canadian Memmonite University Farm. Image Courtesy of media.cmu.ca and Indian Country Today.
Kenton Lobe and Caroline Chartrand are seen here with Gete-Okosomin squash
  grown at the Canadian Memmonite University Farm.
Image Courtesy of media.cmu.ca and Indian Country Today.
December 3, 2015.
Alysa Landry, of Indian Country Today, has written an informative article about the real history of the Gete-Okosomin ("big old squash") which can reach sizes of 30 pounds or more.

"The Miami were careful stewards of the seed, taking care to hand-pollinate them and maintain their purity. [David] Wrone planted the seeds and grew several squash weighing 30 pounds or more.

“It’s a delicious variety,” said Wrone, who spent his academic career studying and teaching about indigenous people in the Great Lakes area. “And it doesn’t have the rind on it that many modern squash have. I would imagine the Miami people sliced it, dried it out and put it in the rafters of their homes. Then they could pull it down and use it in their cooking, throw it in with rabbit, corn or wild rice." "

To read the full articleclick here.

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