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Old 11-21-2012, 11:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Cleaning M. velutina seeds?

Anyone have any tricks to clean the velutina seeds from the fruit. Right now I have a slimy mess that feels like a seriously over ripe banana (yes, I know that is what they are.) The little nanas look like cocoons and they are getting moldy because it rained the day the skins split and they got drenched. Is there anything I can soak them in like vinegar maybe that would clean off the messy part without harming the seeds themselves.

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Old 11-21-2012, 03:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would put them in a sieve and put them under running water and agitate gently until all the pulp is removed. I assume you want to plant them in order to germinate them.
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Default Re: Cleaning M. velutina seeds?

I have yet to have a banana bloom. But the hardest seed I ever had to clean was winter squash. That is until I learned the trick.

Remove the fresh seed from the squash and immediately put it in a cup of water. Wait 48 hours and rinse. All the strings and goo have turned to slim which is easily rinsed away. dry and store.

Should also work for bananas.

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Default Re: Cleaning M. velutina seeds?

Here is a very good guide on how to clean and store seeds. See also the page on fermenting.
How to Store Your Home-Grown Heirloom Seeds for Best Keeping
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