Tomato seed saving

As now it’s harvest time for some plants grown here in London. It’s also a good time for seed saving and definitely will be my yellow cherry tomatoes (it’s orange paruche). Fingers crossed it’s not a F1 hybrid type of seed. As if a seed is classify as F1 seed then the regrowing from the seed harvested will not be the same as the original fruit.

This is because it is a cross breeder between two different type plant which will not happen once one tries to replant the seed from F1 hybrid. So it benefits the planter not the gardener for seed saving. However the gardener gets a nice lovely, tasting, disease free fruit in return. A packet of Orange paruche F1 tomato seed (10 seeds) from Mr Fothergills on ebay is retailing around £4.10 (plus  postage) versus £2.15 (plus postage) for 25 seeds of Orange paruche tomato seeds from no name brand. I got the no name brand last year it just same in a clear plastic nothing said about it being a F1 seed or not. Time will tell.

To save the seed I just choose the most ripen fruit, get the seeds out and leave it to dry on a kitchen towel. Put them somewhere nice, cool and dark till next year early April and start sowing them/ Another life cycle that carries on…

Here is a link to some of my recipes using tomato Courgette salad recipe Stir fry baby courgette

 

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