How To Save Tomato Seeds


Guest post by Diane Ott Whealy*, photo courtesy of Seed Savers Exchange.

Tomato seeds are ready for harvest when the fruit is ready to eat. Slice open a tomato along its equator and squeeze seeds, juice and pulp into a jar. Let this mixture sit and ferment for a day or two before you rinse off the seeds in a fine mesh colander. Set the seeds out to dry on a coffee filter in an airy location out of direct sunlight for 3-4 days before storing.

Download tomato seed-saving sheet below.


*Diane Ott Whealy is the Co-founder and Vice President of Seed Savers Exchange, a non-profit organization that seeks to maintain thousands of endangered heirloom seed varieties. It's headquartered on scenic 890-acre Heritage Farm near Decorah, Iowa.