How to harvest kale seeds
I've been learning to save a
lot of different kinds of seeds over the last few years, and the most
difficult part seems to be figuring out the best processing technique
to get seeds out of their fruits or hulls. With the first
crucifer I processed (tokyo
bekana), I gathered
the whole top of the plant and pounded it with a big wooden pestle to
break the seed cases apart. My new method with kale seems to be
even more streamlined.
As I worked, I realized that
it was even easier to simply thresh the ripe pods directly into my
container than to break off clusters of pods. Running a fruiting
head through my hand resulted in lots of seeds and some pod bits making
their way into my box, which meant the threshing and winnowing stage
was as simple as shaking the box so the seeds settled to the bottom,
scooping out most of the pod bits, and then blowing the rest away.
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