Some mystery seeds have been identified from China

According to federal authorities, some mysterious seeds from China that sprouted in mailboxes from the US have been finally identified as harmless cooking ingredients.

Researchers were able to name at least 14 of the plant species as of July 29, including mustard, cabbage and morning glory, as well as herbs such as mint, sage, rosemary and lavender. Hibiscus and roses were also found.

“This is a subset of the samples collected so far,” said Osama El-Lisi, deputy administrator of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Residents of all 50 states have recently reported receiving bizarre, unwanted seed packages from China.

Officials have said they believe the seed may be part of a “brushing scam” – in which people receive items they never ordered and that the sender is a fake customer in their name to increase sales Posts a review.

The USDA is urging the recipient to save the seeds and packaging in which they arrive, and send them to their local plant regulatory authorities for testing.

The agency issued instructions Monday on how to safely send the parcel to the list of officials and destinations.

US agricultural officials have also given strict warnings not to add seeds to the ground.

An Arkansas man who planted them on his property before the warning was issued said the plant is producing large white fruits from orange flowers that are similar to a squash.

Although hitherto identified species seem to be spontaneous, experts say that sowing seeds from other parts of the world can displace or destroy native plants and insects, severely damage crops or bring diseases Huh.


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