Saving Eggplant Seeds - Knowledgebase Question

Roanoke, VA
Question by glennsolo
August 19, 1999
When saving seeds of eggplant do I first have to ferment(sit in cup of water) the seeds or can I just clean and dry them.


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Answer from NGA
August 19, 1999

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There's no need to ferment the seeds. Eggplants ready for seed saving will be dull, off-colored and hard. Cut the ripe eggplants in half and pull the flesh away from the seeded areas. If you want to save more than a few seeds, a food processor comes in handy to mash the flesh and expose the seeds.

By the way, eggplant flowers can be cross-pollinated by insects, so different varieties of these would have had to be separated by 500-feet this season for seed purity.

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