Mystery Seed of the Week 196: Challenge 5

As a run up to our 200th Mystery Seed, we are doing few new challenges as a contest.  The idea of the challenges will be to introduce some real world reasons why someone might need to identify seeds. Prizes will be awarded in post 200.

Challenge 5.

Scenario:  You are an archeologist working in the Middle East excavating a site that is about 2000 years old.


You uncover two items that look like seeds. Any idea what kind of seeds they might be?

Edit: For this week’s challenge, 5 points for the first identification, 1 point for each subsequent correct answer. Please use the same name for all the challenges so I can keep track of your points. Good luck!

Challenge 5 is now closed.

Only 3 more challenges to go.


Answer to challenge 3:

As everyone realized, the shagbark hickory nuts (Carya ovata) would not have been found in Phoenix, so the truck had probably been out of the state.

Challenge 3 is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated.

The answers to challenge 4 will be revealed next week.

New mystery seeds and Seed of the Week answers are posted on Tuesdays.


  1. sara

    Son’t know what they are, but I like how they look like little loaves of Italian bread.

  2. Roberta


  3. Craig

    Date Palm (Phoenix dactylifera)

  4. Anna

    I guess dates from Palm, too.

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