Tomato Seed Saving
Tomato season is starting to slow down around here. In the last month or so, though, we’ve collected lots of seed!
Tomatoes are one of our crops which can only be used for either seed saving or for eating. To save the seed, we’ll select ripened tomatoes, puree them, and then let them ferment for four days. During fermentation, we speed up the process that occurs naturally in the tomato life cycle. The goo substance that holds the seeds in place will deteriorate, and the good seeds will collect at the bottom of the bucket. The tomato skin and flesh (and bad seed) will float.
It’s important to stir the tomato mush several times a day to avoid mold production.
After four days of fermenting and stirring, comes the fun part!
To separate the seed from the tomato we implement a succession of water pours.