Back in July I posted about discovering true potato fruit in our garden (click on the link to see the post). It is uncommon to get potato fruit, and we were thrilled with the fact that our first garden produced them! This is photos of the potato flower and fruit from back in July.
potato harvest (click on the link to see the post) a couple weeks ago, but I had to wait for the fruit to dry before I could harvest the seeds.
What is so great about true potato fruit and seeds? This is the real potato, not necessarily the same genetic makeup as the potato it came from, but the original start to the line of potatoes it fruited from. As I mentioned, it is unusual to get potato fruit, so we are thrilled with both the fact that it happened and the opportunity to see what these seeds will turn into!
Extracting the seeds is a tedious process, but not difficult; another labor of love:) The first step of harvesting the seeds is to dry the fruit, which have been on the window sill for about a month, and now look like this.
You need a strainer/sifter with very small holes, a knife, a spoon (I like using white plastic because you can see the seeds very easily), a small plate, paper towel and eventually a zip lock baggie.
Cut the fruit in half...
Place them all into the strainer...
Once you have squeezed the pulp out of all the fruit, begin rinsing with hot water, as hot as you can stand. Very hot water is required to remove all the slime (which contains an enzyme that keeps the seeds from germinating, so if you don't remove it all, the seeds will likely never germinate) from around the seeds.
Once you are sure you have removed all the seeds from the fruit body, separate them. I do this by keeping the water running, and individually squeeze each fruit.
Once the seeds dry, place them into a zip lock baggie for storage. These seeds are from the first potato fruit I "processed" so I could make sure I knew what I was doing.
I can't wait to plant these seeds next spring and watch what they turn into. You can be sure I will tell you all about it!
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