Thursday, August 14, 2014

Saving Seeds from Peppers

If you've got a good looking pepper, and you'd like to grow more of the same, I will show you how to save the seeds to plant in your garden!

What you will need:
  • Good looking pepper
  • Sharp paring knife
  • Cutting board (optional)
  • Fine mesh strainer or seive
  • Paper towels

First, if you have a bell pepper, cut all the way around the stem and lift to remove. If using a chile pepper or similarly shaped pepper, cut off the top and slice in half length-wise. Use your thumb to scrape off the seeds and collect them in the mesh strainer, discarding any bits of membrane that may come off with the seeds. If you are using hot peppers, be sure to wear gloves during your seed-retrieval endeavor.

Rinse your seeds thoroughly in the mesh strainer under running water.
Spread the seeds out on paper towels and let them dry for a few days. Put your seeds in an envelope or zip top bag, label, date and put away in a cool, dark place to be planted next year!