- Sat Mar 27, 2021 12:34 pm
When I harvested mine, I did a combination of things. First, I would pull the parts of flower apart/off so I could see the ovary. Then, as each ovary ripened and began to darken, I pulled the ovary and put it in a small bowl. As the ovary dried and split, the seeds would empty into the bowl. Then I'd remove the husk with tweezers, giving it a few gentle shakes and squeezes to get any stubborn seeds to come out. Then do what you will with them.
Alternatively, you could just gently, very gently, bend the stalk over, put a big bowl or piece of paper under it, and tap the stalk. If they're ready, seeds will just rain out. It's best to do this a few times a day so you don't get too many seeds dropping into your pot. Then put the seeds in an origami envelope and figure out what to do with them.
It doesn't sound like it, but the first method is actually easier. You can put all the ovaries in a bowl and wait until they all dry out and split. Then only spend about 10 to 15 minutes separating the husk from the seed.
Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is that I make bad decisions.