Saving tomato seeds

pushindirt(z8 OR)July 25, 2008

I have a question regarding tomato seeds.

After fermentation I rinse the seeds, but I cannot seem to separate all of the flesh from the seeds. A small amount still remains coated on the seed. Am I doing something wrong?

I'm hoping that as they dry for storage, it may just fall off.

The larger chunks came off fine though.

Thanks, Dave

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Hi Dave, I think the remaining chunks should dry up with everything else and you'll be able to pick it out. If it doesn't, you may not have let it ferment long enough (I did mine for about five days, which worked great for separation but also caused bug problems). I also used a rough wire colander when I rinsed the seeds. Hope this helps - good luck!

    Bookmark   July 25, 2008 at 7:09PM
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pushindirt(z8 OR)

Thanks millyjean,
I did use a colander. A lot did come off but not all.
I fermented for 5 days. I once did it for 7 days, but the seeds started to sprout. Lots of mold grew on top so I know they were ready.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2008 at 7:37PM
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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

This trick has worked well for me. After the tomato seed has been fermented, I pour the contents into a blender, add water almost to the top, and pulse several times at the slowest speed. This breaks up any remaining pulp & gel sacs. After blending, the good seed settles to the bottom, and the debris pours off easily. Processed this way, the seed is very clean.

The blender was purchased used from a thrift store, and the blades ground half-dull; I use this blender only to process wet seeds.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2008 at 1:12PM
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pushindirt(z8 OR)

A blender?

    Bookmark   July 26, 2008 at 3:12PM
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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

Yup. Works like a charm. Small seeds like tomatoes are seldom damaged; the dull blades are just insurance. Obviously, you don't want to over-do it... only a few seconds at the lowest speed. I process eggplant, ground cherries, tomatillos, gilo, and litchi tomatoes in the blender also, after they have softened.

But if you are apprehensive about using a blender, you can also beat the fermented mixture vigorously with a wire whisk, or with an electric mixer. That is my method of choice for fermented cucumber seed, and for cleaning unfermented squash & melon seed.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2008 at 1:04AM
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angelady777 (was angelady on GW) - Zone 6(6)

None of this beating and blending of seeds has caused your seed to not germinate when planted? If it has, please give percentages. Thanks!


    Bookmark   August 7, 2008 at 3:42AM
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