In my opinion, you just can't beat a winter squash. So many shapes, colours, sizes, flavours...where does it end? Squash is one of the earliest domesticated crops in the Americas, with different families brought under cultivation at different times and locations. According to an article by Ruth Dickau, Ph.D at the University of Calagary, C. moschata seeds from the Casma valley of coastal Peru have been dated back to 10,300 years ago. A C. pepo seed found in Mexico was dated to 10,000 years. Now that's ancient! Interestingly, scientists and historians believe that early squashes were not all that meaty, and instead were grown for their oil-rich seeds and durable rinds that were dried and made into containers or bowls.