Free Garden Plants From Your Food

A few weeks ago on Twitter Debi mentioned that Gabriele once brought passion fruit seeds from Miami to L.A. that they had eaten and grew them into vines, but that the fruit didn’t taste good. I think we’ve all have this instinct to save the seeds of a particularly good fruit and plant it in the hopes that we’d grow something as delicious as what we ate. With a few exceptions, saving seeds from fruits we eat in restaurants and grocery stores will not produce fruits or vegetables that are the same as the ones we ate. What’s available commercially is usually a hybrid and the seeds will not result in a plant or fruit that is identical to the one we experienced. The same goes for fruiting trees like apples, peaches and oranges. Sure, you can usually nurture these seeds into plants that may flower and fruit, but the resulting fruit will not taste very good.

But, if you’re the kind of person that just can’t help but save the seeds from the food you eat and try to grow them out, look for heirloom varieties in your grocery store or farmers markets. Take a moment and speak to the vendors at the farmers market and ask them about what you’re about to buy. If they say it’s an heirloom variety you can be pretty sure that you’ll be able to save the seeds from them. Unless they’ve been accidentally cross-pollinated you can grow your own free fruit or vegetable from these seeds. Try it with any of the many heirloom varieties of tomatoes that you’ll come across this summer, heirloom pumpkins, squash and watermelons are ideal candidates to save seeds from.

Next time we’ll talk about how you can make more plants from some of these vegetables and herbs that you’ll encounter at a farmers market by propagating them. Saving seeds from fruits and vegetables, along with propagating them through cuttings, is a good way to expand your garden.