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 Mystery Seed post 200.
Scenario: You are a farmer. You ordered some oat seeds and they just arrived on a truck.
Here is a sample of the seeds. Did you get the correct shipment? If not, what kind of seeds are these?
Edit: This challenge is now closed. The answer will be posted in Seed of the Week 200.
For this week’s challenge, 10 points for the first correct identification, 3 points for each subsequent correct answer. Only 1 more challenge to go.
Answer to challenge 5:
The seeds found were indeed from the date palm, Phoenix dactylifera. I based the scenario of an actual case where date palm seeds thought to be 2000 years old were found in the Masada. When a scientist planted them, the seeds were still viable and sprouted. See more details at National Geographic.
Challenge 5 is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated.
The answers to challenge 6 will be revealed next week.
New mystery seeds and Seed of the Week answers are posted on Tuesdays.
They look like wheat, tortillas anyone?
I think that they are not oat seeds because I think oats that you would plant have a husk covering the grain. I’m going to guess that they are barley seeds instead. How about some barley soup instead?
Wheat (Triticum sp.)