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Stomach Seed Gardens: Say WHAT? Podcast Episode

Can seeds grow inside your body? Will watermelon seeds grow in your stomach if you swallow them while eating watermelon (or other fruit seeds or vegetable seeds)? Fun for school garden lesson plans or homeschool learning!

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Learning About Can Seeds Grow Inside You & More!

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Highlights and Fact Corrections From the Seeds Grow In Body Episode:

*ELLA said, sure there’s probably some water in your stomach. Does your stomach really have water in it?

According to Healthline:

“In general, it takes your digestive system 10 to 73 hours to move things that you eat through your digestive tract. Liquids are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream, and fluids in excess of the body’s needs are eliminated via the kidneys as urine, much faster. Water absorption can occur as soon as 5 minutes after ingestion and peaks around 20 minutes after ingestion. Your kidneys are continually producing urine, so excess liquids are quickly eliminated via urine.”

*Can you really eat watermelon seeds or do watermelon seeds have cyanide in them?

Watermelon seeds are non-toxic. Unlike other seeds, like apples, which contain cyanide in them and can make you sick if you eat large quantities.

*What is duckweed? (commonly spread through bird poo)

“Duckweeds are tiny, free-floating, aquatic green plants commonly found in lentic or slowly moving water bodies. ” [ScienceDirect.com]

*Can humans spread seeds that grow in their poo like birds?

Humans mainly disperse seeds through their clothes, shoes, their cars, and even throwing out fruits and vegetable scraps with seeds after eating.

*What are the burrs called that get stuck to your clothes?

According to Palomar College:

“Cocklebur plants (Xanthium strumarium) produce hundreds of little football-shaped burs, about one inch (2.5 cm) long and covered with stiff, hooked spines. [Another species that is less common but widespread across North America is called spiny cocklebur (X. spinosum). Spiny cocklebur is unmistakable with its stout, forked spines at the base of each leaf.] Each cocklebur fruit contains two seeds that may remain viable for many years. The prickly burs hook into your clothing and become tightly attached, like the Velcro fasteners on shoes and day packs. Often the vicious burs form tangled clots in the fur of animals, and must be cut out of the hair. In fact, these remarkable burs have enabled the cocklebur plant to hitchhike all over the world.”

Are seedless watermelons actually seedless?

“A seedless watermelon is a sterile hybrid which is created by crossing male pollen for a watermelon, containing 22 chromosomes per cell, with a female watermelon flower with 44 chromosomes per cell. When this seeded fruit matures, the small, white seed coats inside contain 33 chromosomes, rendering it sterile and incapable of producing seeds. This is similar to the mule, produced by naturally crossing a horse with a donkey. This process does not involve genetic modification.” [Watermelon.org]

*FUN TO DO: Use a ruler to measure how long 1/2 inch is — the same size as the pea plant they removed from the man’s lung that we talked about on the podcast!

Podcast Episode References and Resources

Stomach Seed Gardens: Say WHAT? Podcast Episode Transcript

Jackie:

Welcome to parent busters, a fun podcast where parents and kids can learn about weird things together. And our episode today is stomach seed gardens. Say what?

Ella:

Huh? Seriously say, say, what? What is that?

Jackie:

Before we do anything else, we are going to give you our two truths and a lie.

Ella:

Uh, one lie you might hear though, is you cannot plant this phone and grow a podcast tree. I tried it. It doesn’t work. Uh,

Jackie:

I don’t think that’s one of them…

Ella:

Oh, oh, I’m reading the wrong notes. Then

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Please hold for a very important message.

Ella:

Okay. So two truths and a lie works like this each episode we’ll give you two truths and one lie about the topic.

Jackie:

You guess, which two things are true. And the one thing that’s a lie.

Ella:

Then listen to the podcast and see if you can determine which are the truth and which ones the lie, and then listen to the end because we’ll give you the answers.

Jackie:

Oh, and Hey parents, if you haven’t already, I mean why not, but, but pause the podcast and head over to parent busters.com and download the free Buster deduction sheets that you can use with each podcast.

Ella:

There’s a place on there where you can write down the two truths and a lie for this topic. Guess your answers before you listen and write down other fun things you learned during the podcast. Wow.

Jackie:

It’s just another fun way that you can continue learning together based on the things that we talk about on the podcast. So let’s get started, Dave, we’re gonna talk about, uh, stomach seed gardens, which sounds kind of amazing. And our two truths and a lie. Are you ready?

Ella:

Yes, I am.

Jackie:

Okay. Uh, number one and remember two of these are true and one is a lie. So it’s your job to figure out which two are true and which one is a lie and then listen throughout the podcast and see if you can figure it out. And then we’ll give you the answers at the end. Okay. Number one, you can safely eat watermelon seeds. Number two, a plant can grow in someone’s lungs. And number three, it takes most seeds about one month to germinate. All right, let’s get, let’s get into it. Then I have something for you right off. And you’re gonna be so happy because it’s a joke.

Ella:

Yay.

Jackie:

What did princess Le say after she planted trees? May the forest be with you.

Ella:

I don’t wanna laugh. What? It’s kind of funny.

Jackie:

You know, I usually hate seed jokes, but I find that they’re growing on me.

Ella:

Can you just leaf it alone?

Jackie:

All right. That’s probably enough.

Ella:

Uh, vine be that way. So…

Jackie:

When I was younger, my mom used to tell me to be sure to do things like spit out the watermelon seeds instead of swallowing them because watermelon seeds your stomach. So today we’re gonna talk about, is it possible to grow seeds in your body? But I do wanna put a little disclaimer to kids. Don’t try at home at home.

Ella:

Never try anything we say on this podcast at home, except the true two truths and a lie. Cuz that’s fun.

Jackie:

That is fun. Uh, do you wanna hear the story about my grandma sticking a bean up her nose?

Ella:

Oh, I’ve heard this so many times.

Jackie:

It’s such a great story though.

Ella:

Okay.

Jackie:

So one of the reasons that we wanted to cover this topic was aside from parents, always telling kids not to eat watermelon seeds because the watermelon was sprout in your stomach.

Ella:

Yeah.

Jackie:

Is that when my grandmother was a child, she stuck a bean up her nose, huh? Without anyone knowing true story, this is a true story. And she shoved it all the way up her nose and her parents didn’t know. She, they only found out that she put a bean in her nose when the be started sprouting out of her nose. Wow. So it sounds like a ridiculous story. And I’ve told this story many times throughout the years and guess what? Every single person I’ve told it to, including my, then in your father said that is not a true story. That’s the most ridiculous thing your grandma was joking around with you. So today we’re gonna find out if a bean could have truly grown out of my grandma’s nose.

Ella:

Because if that story’s true, I think we already busted like half our episode way to go.

Jackie:

I think we could just in the whole season,

Ella:

This story,

Jackie:

Thank

Ella:

You for listening. Uh, this has been Jackie, you know, busters, you know piece.

Jackie:

No, actually, yeah. We’re not gonna piece out. We’re gonna continue. But before we get to seeing, if these things are true, let’s talk about what it really takes for seeds to actually sprout or grow to sprout seeds. You need, you usually need a warm moisture environment, nose check, and then also ears

Ella:

Check.

Jackie:

And then later after they sprout, they’re gonna need things like

Ella:

Water, sunlight, sometimes plant food, something

Jackie:

From somewhere. So once you have those things, a seed can germinate and they can grow from the eat into the sprout, those seeds germinate in around two weeks. And germinate just means when the seeds start to sprout and grow. So could a bean possibly germinate and grow and sprout when it shoved up someone’s nose or can a watermelon seed actually grow in someone’s stomach. So let’s learn more. You want to, yeah,

Ella:

Girl, let’s do this. We did all this research. Why not?

Jackie:

I know I had the research because my grandma already told me. Um, so let’s start with, can watermelon seeds grow in your stomach? Because I think this seems to be a common thing that parents talk

Ella:

About. I’ve heard this, I’ve heard this online. I’ve heard this from people it’s everywhere.

Jackie:

Can watermelon seeds actually grow in your stomach?

Ella:

Okay, let’s get this straight. Your stomach acid is not hospital. Well for something to grow in. It’s not like just plain water. I mean, sure. There’s probably some water in it, but it’s not like you’re watering a seed with your stomach acid. No, it’s full on. It’s not a place where plants can grow. So if you’re eating watermelon seeds, they will mostly just pass through you.

Jackie:

Right? Can you eat watermelon seeds? Well, first is it safe to eat watermelon seeds? Because let’s face it. We’ve all eaten water. If you like watermelon, you’ve probably eaten a watermelon seed or two in your lifetime. And as far as I know, I do not have a watermelon growing in my stomach.

Ella:

Uh, I hope not.

Jackie:

And that should be problem. So I have eaten the seeds. You’ve eaten seeds. So can you safely eat watermelon seeds kind of the same way you eat pumpkin seeds?

Ella:

Yeah, actually interestingly enough, watermelon seeds are really healthy for you. What? Huh? People dry and shell them like sunflower seeds basically.

Jackie:

Come on.

Ella:

You usually have to shell them to get to the better nutrients inside. I know because the shell just blocks it out. So if you dry them and then eat them without shelling them, you’re still not getting the nutrient. So show ’em. Oh,

Jackie:

So I do know that they’re made up, uh, I didn’t know this before I did this research. I knew that it was okay to eat watermelon seeds and it it’s not unhealthy, but I did not realize that people cooked or roasted watermelon seeds kind of the same way that they roast pumpkin seeds. In my research, I learn that they’re, they’re full of a bunch of good fatty acids. Wow. And you can roast them. You can toss them on salt and olive oil, which is what we do with our pumpkin seeds. And I’m the only one in the house that really likes them. They’re decent. And you can also roast them and toss them and cinnamon and sugar. Ooh, which seems kind of weird. So here’s my recommendation. When you have people eating pumpkin seeds, just have ’em spit it into a bowl instead of on the ground during the picnic. And then you can just take ’em and roast a Rose’s disgusting.

Ella:

Yeah. You, yeah.

Jackie:

Just joking about that

Ella:

Please. That’s on sanitary. Don’t do that. Please. Don’t do that rose unless like the, the they’re the ones you ate and they’re only for you then maybe no, still. Okay. No, nevermind. So

Jackie:

If you eat watermelon seeds, either accidentally or intentionally, you don’t have to worry about it. They’re not gonna grow in your stomach for the exact reasons that Ella said, the environment is not conducive to growing the acid’s gonna erode the seed and break it down before it even has a chance to start germinating. And it’s probably super dark in your, in your stomach. So it’s not gonna get any

Ella:

Well, sometimes it being dark can also mean it’s damp. So true. That could be another factor of it growing, but it’s not cuz the acid just kills everything.

Jackie:

You’re just gonna poo them out. If they’re undigested and they pass through, you’re just gonna poo them out.

Ella:

Nothing you can do about it. So

Jackie:

Sorry everyone. No, uh, watermelon stomach garden for you.

Ella:

I’m sorry. I know it’s very disappointing. I know you wanted to get started on that, but uh, you’re just gonna have to do a regular garden.

Jackie:

I’m sorry. You have to figure out another idea for a science project. Sorry,

Ella:

But you could do a normal, you know, a watermelon card. I

Jackie:

Tried to find the origin of this wives tale that is the watermelon you to grow in your stomach. And I could not find one thing about the origin of where it started. One of the things that Ellen and I try to do when we’re researching topics is we try to find out if it’s a, a myth or a wives, tale or superstition, we try to find out where that came from or the country of origin or whatever. I could not find one thing about where this wives tale about eating watermelon seeds came from. So if you know, or if you’ve done research before head over to parent busters.com, use our contact form, let us know and we’ll mention it. One of our episodes.

Ella:

Wow. Oh, I know.

Jackie:

Look at us

Ella:

All professional and podcasty

Jackie:

Okay. So I’m dying to get to this next one, which is,

Ella:

I know you

Jackie:

Are a being really growing your nose mostly because I just wanna be able to say aha to my husband, but

Ella:

Which is, you might do an anyway, even if we bust. So you’re just gonna lie and say, huh?

Jackie:

You did it. I’m just gonna tell ’em it’s true. Anyway. Guess what? Not only I’m so excited about this. Not only can a seed grow on your nose, but there have been reports of seeds, sprouting in other areas of your body, like your lungs and your ears.

Ella:

I heard ears. I think I heard a little bit about lungs.

Jackie:

The nose is perfect for the germination of a seed because it’s

Ella:

It’s dams and it has

Jackie:

It’s warm. It’s

Ella:

Warm,

Jackie:

Moist.

Ella:

Oh yes. The lovely word moist.

Jackie:

So I found this, uh, quote in the Irish time, his news place. Wow. But it had a story about Romanian doctors and they SA they found a plant growing in a four year old boy’s nose. And the boys had not, the boy had not complained about the germinating bean and was only in for a surgery checkup and he didn’t cry. He didn’t tell his mom or anything. It sprung to lie quoting here. It had sprung to life and had little leaves when we found it. Huh?

Ella:

They only found it when it had leaves.

Jackie:

So I’m here to tell you that my grandmother was not lying. She was telling the truth. When she said she shoved a bean up her nose. And the only way her parents found it is when it started sprouting out her nose be. Cause it happened in Romania to a little boy too.

Ella:

I have an another article. Not about your nose though. Oh, okay. About, uh, someone, a man, an adult man having a seed growing out of his ear. Huh? Now

Jackie:

We, what kind of seed

Ella:

Let’s see. Did I have

Jackie:

That? I don’t expect you to know. I, I just thought it would be interesting if you were like, um, it was a Blackberry Bush and then they,

Ella:

It is a, they harvest to be

Jackie:

Harvested the

Ella:

Blackberries. I don’t think they included that in the, the article. So an adult man came in complaining about itchiness in his right ear. And after further inspection from the doctor, they found a small green vine growing from the man’s ear.

Jackie:

That’s crazy.

Ella:

And they were able to remove it without having any surgery. Oh,

Jackie:

Okay. How does a grown man? I understand little kids doing, because kids do weird things, but how, how does a seed get in a grown man’s ear?

Ella:

See, I searched the article for the answer of that. No one knows how it got in there, but we do have a good guess of how it grew.

Jackie:

Okay.

Ella:

So kind of similar to your noses. It’s it’s damp and you warm it’s dark, but also for fertilizer, you have ear wax. Yeah. Gross. So the roots were embedded in ear wax

Jackie:

Who knew ear wax, fertilizer, ear, wax

Ella:

Fertilizer. Now coming to store near

Jackie:

You, trademark for

Ella:

Copyright trademark, et cetera.

Jackie:

That’s interesting. I also found this was honestly, this next story was more interesting to me than my grandmother’s bean noses growing story.

Ella:

That’s shocking.

Jackie:

I know because very little things are more interesting to me than the bean nose story. A BBC report in 2010 did a story about a, a Massachusetts man. He was rushed to the hospital and they found a pee plant. So, you know, peas. Yeah. They found a pee plant growing in his, you care to take a guess.

Ella:

I’m gonna guess lungs, cuz you mentioned lungs earlier

Jackie:

Growing in his lungs, they think he had accidentally aspirated the pee seed. You know, sometimes when you eat things and you start choking you and you people say, quote unquote, it went down the wrong pipe. Yeah. That’s really aspirating things into your lungs sometimes. And they think that when he was eating a P seed, it went in, he aspirated it into his lungs and then it S sprouted in his lungs and it was a half an inch long. So that’s tiny,

Ella:

But that’s, it’s in your lungs. That’s not small for your lungs.

Jackie:

And it says, I did further research in according to a time magazine article, it says, this is possible because seeds have some energy stored in them. And some don’t need the sunlight until after they sprout. And guess what? That’s the same as the seeds sprout out of the nose. So there you, all you losers who growing up told me my grandma was lying about

Ella:

It was wow.

Jackie:

The fitter. It took a turn, didn’t it?

Ella:

Yeah. So I actually have something else kind of related to seeds and digesting seeds. That’s I found interesting. Okay. Uh, moving away from like people eating seeds

Jackie:

And shoving them up their nose

Ella:

And in their ear or

Jackie:

In bringing in their lung

Ella:

Long birds that eat seeds actually help spread the plant. Right? Some bats can too. So they eat the seeds and then they can fly a long distance. Sometimes they get, they are like carrying a fruit and sometimes they drop from the fruit. A lot of bats have that. Uh, and sometimes it gets stuck on their wings. And so when they’re flying, it drops, takes root in the ground or wherever can find a, a place to take root and starts growing

Jackie:

It. Sometimes it’s caused by the poo.

Ella:

Exactly. I was, I wasn’t sure what you’re gonna say, but I was getting to that.

Jackie:

It scared you for a second.

Ella:

Yep, definitely. But there are actually, some plants are commonly spread through, through bird poop. This includes RA blueberries, blackberries, blueberries, and duck weeds.

Jackie:

So maybe we should call raspberries and blueberries. Blueberries insert.

Ella:

I had

Jackie:

Don’t cut that. It, it was a funny joke.

Ella:

It was funny. Please. Don’t cut it. So coming back to humans, humans can spread seeds. Huh? Not in the way that you’re thinking. Not in the same way as bur uh, they can sometimes spread them by, you know, those like annoying prickly things that get stuck to your

Jackie:

Yeah. Those bur

Ella:

The

Jackie:

Burs. Yeah. I don’t know what they’re really called, but I know exactly what you’re talking about.

Ella:

Yeah. Sometimes if seeds are like that, they can cling to your clothes and drop off. Sometimes they get stuck on your shoes.

Jackie:

What if you get a whammy, like a bird poops on your head,

Ella:

You would have to like wipe your head on the ground,

Jackie:

But don’t go to bed with your hair wet cuz we learned

Ella:

Or covered in poop. I think that would be,

Speaker 4:

See episode one, if you wanna know. Yeah. If you haven’t about hair fungus,

Ella:

If you haven’t already, why not go check it out after this though, after you’re done let

Jackie:

Of this. Exactly.

Ella:

So I found that really interesting.

Jackie:

It is birds, animals play an important role in our seed spreading for sure. So I think we covered everything that we had to cover for this topic. Do you wanna go over our two truths and a lie?

Ella:

Uh, I think so. Go ahead.

Jackie:

Okay. Uh, so you say truth or lie. I’ll read the statement and you say truth or lie if you know

Ella:

Yeah. If I get this wrong apology, itll

Jackie:

Be super embarrassing. Yeah.

Ella:

We won’t be cutting it out if I get wrong, get it wrong. By the way.

Jackie:

If you hear a hard cut after one of the sentences read,

Ella:

If you hear really bad overdoing, that is why. Yes.

Jackie:

Okay. Number one. So get your, uh, deduction sheets out. If you are, are following along on those and you can write the, the real answers or the truth and lies on there. Number one, you can safely eat watermelon seeds.

Ella:

That is true.

Jackie:

Are they gonna grow in your stomach?

Ella:

They are not gonna grow in your stomach. You can cook ’em and they’ll be good and yummy and send in sugar and pepper or whatever

Jackie:

They do. Okay. I guess I was gonna say they don’t seem like they would be good, but

Ella:

Pumpkin seeds,

Jackie:

Pumpkin seeds are kind of bland before you put things on it too. So maybe they would be good anyway. So number one, you can plant safely eat watermelon seeds. That’s our a truth. Number two, a plant can grow in someone’s lungs.

Ella:

Unfortunately. That is true.

Jackie:

That is true. I would assume that it’s very, very rare, but there have been reported cases

Ella:

Also uncomfortable.

Jackie:

Uh, apparently number three, it takes most seeds about one month the germinate.

Ella:

I think we have cut come to our lot.

Jackie:

So even if you didn’t know the real answer, you would’ve just been able to deduce that by knowing we do two truths and one lie, but that Nope. But

Ella:

What if we were just like, Nope, they’re all truth.

Jackie:

Yeah. Maybe one week I’ll do that better. Watch out. Don’t watch. Give me ideas like that because you know, I’ll do them. I know. So it takes most seeds about two weeks, really to germinate, which means when it, when they start to sprout and grow. So not one month. That was our lie.

Ella:

That’s a little too long.

Jackie:

That’s a little too long. Well apparently when it’s in your nose, it’s not that long.

Ella:

Yeah. Apparently.

Jackie:

Hey, thanks for listening. If you like what we’re doing here, please leave five star review. So Ella knows that our homeschool research didn’t go to waste. We use also we are parent busters on Facebook, Insta and Twitter. So join us over there

Ella:

Too, but not on TikTok because someone said I can’t be on TikTok right now.

Jackie:

That is correct. Hey, you know what else? Parents head over to our parent busters.com.

Ella:

Wow. How original.

Jackie:

Wow. But did you just say how wow, how original? Yes. That’s right. Our website is named exactly the same as our podcast.

Ella:

Yep. Parent busters.com.

Jackie:

Um, anyway, parents head over to parent busters.com because there’s more after listening, we have a ton of ideas to go along with things you heard in the podcast and fun ways you can continue learning with your kids together.

Ella:

Wait, wait, wasn’t there a printable or download you want to

Jackie:

Talk about? Oh yeah, that’s right. Uh, thank you. There’s also a download parents that you should head over to grab before you even us into any of the podcast. It’s the printable Buster deduction sheet. And it’s from our BU our Buster buddy club. I don’t know why I can’t get that out. It’s just like a ton of bees or something.

Ella:

It’s a tongue twister.

Jackie:

Anyway, it’s a printable Buster deduction sheet, print this out and your kids can write down their guesses on the topic. And uh, there’s a space in there for the two truths in a lie that we do before every podcast. Then you’re gonna listen to the podcast together and then you can document any facts you learn. You can, uh, right now the two truths in a lie that you find out. And there are, uh, lots of other things that you can do with those deduction sheets. So it over and check it out. It’s free.

Ella:

Yeah. It’s really fun.

Jackie:

Join us for our next podcast. We would tell you when they are, but we really don’t know right now. We’ll figure it out, bro.

Ella:

And we’ll let you know when we figure it out. If we figure it out, we’ll probably figure it. I don’t know. I hope we figure it out. I really hope then this recording time would just go to waste. All right. We’ll see you guys on the next episode, have a good, uh, whatever insert time of day. It is. Bye.

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Jacqueline Wilson, the mom half of the Parent Busters Podcast, is also the founder of Homeschool Super Freak (named a top 15 BEST Homeschool Site), a professional educational consultant and writer, former award-winning college professor, educator of 18+ years, homeschooling mom of over 9 years, and #1 Bestselling Education Author. She's been featured in local and national news and media outlets. She loves rescue pets.