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How to Save Seed from Fruit

When saved correctly, seed can last for years, but they're best used within a year after harvesting while they're still fresh. Follow these simple steps to saving seed from fruit or vegetables.

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  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Remove the Seeds From the Fruit

Harvest or collect a fruit or vegetable that you want to grow from seed. Cut it open and pull out the seeds with your hand or with a small spoon. Spread the seeds out on dry paper towels to absorb the excess moisture.

Step 2: Remove the Pulp and Other Material

There's a lot of extra stuff in with the seed, mostly pulp and liquid. One of the best ways to separate the seed from the rest is to use your hands and spread them out. The seeds are drier and harder than the pulp. Remove the pulp and other material, taking care not to damage the seed.

cut open fruit and pull out pulp and seeds

Step 3: Allow the Seeds to Dry

Place the seed on a dry paper towel out in the open. Cover it with a single paper towel and allow to dry out in the open for a few days.

separate seeds from pulp and let dry