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Melons in general:
A. Scoop out the seeds from a ripe melon and put them into a wire mesh
sieve, then with running water over the seeds rub them gently against
the mesh, using it to loosen and remove the stringy fibers. Next place
the cleaned seeds in a bowl of water, stir it a few times. Some seeds
will float to the top....these are immature or sterile melon seeds, they
are hollow and/or light-weight and will float to the top of the water.
Skim away these bad seeds and discard them. Stir a few more times and
repeat the process until no more sterile seeds float to the the top.
Drain the water from the remaining seeds.
Afterwards, line a heavy plate or baking pan with waxed paper, spread
the seeds out in a single layer onto the waxed paper and place it in
sunny spot to air-dry.
Stir the seeds occasionally during the next few hours to make
sure all sides are exposed to fresh air, this facilitates even drying.
After a day in the sun bring the seeds into the house where they
continue to dry for another week or two, stir them daily so they dry
evenly. If you've got rainy weather the increased humidity can prolong
the drying process another week or so.
Melons have thick seeds so be sure they are thoroughly dry before
packing them for storage. I like to store my seeds in paper packets.
Q. We had the most delicious cantaloupe which
we obtained from a little Amish farmer's market. Can I save some of
the seeds - how do I save the seeds--and will it be as tasty when
replanted, or do you lose the taste?
A. The answer is just wash and dry the seeds,
let them sit out a few days to dry since they are big seeds. Then save
in an envelope or something and plant when the time is right.
it was a hybrid it won't breed true, but if it was especially delicious
and from AMish farmers it is probably some open pollinated heirloom and
the cantaloupe offspring should be just like the parent.
way *I* save cantaloupe seed is like this: I scoop out the seeds and
put them into my compost container. Eventually it gets dumped into my
compost pile. That heats up well, but melon seeds are so big they don't
usually get killed by the heat. Then I spread the compost, and melons
and squash come up all over my garden as volunteers. :-) I have some
interesting melons forming right now, quite hairy when small, then
becoming greenish with a textured skin. Don't know what it is but if it
gets ripe I will eat it! I tell you my method just to show how hard it
is to NOT get saved cantaloupe seed to grow . . .