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    Select soft ripe berries

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    Cut in half, a good number of seeds

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    The ripe seeds are surrounded in gel

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    The pods can be squeezed to encourage the seeds out, or use your finger and thumb to ease them out in half a cup of water.

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    It's quite easy to see when all the seeds have been removed.

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    Viable seeds have sunk to the bottom of the pot, they are covered in water and left to ferment. Time varies with temperature and pod ripeness, these fermented for 8 days.

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  • #2
    Thank you Jayb, how timely! I felt my berries today and they 'give' very slightly. The purple stripe has got more intensive too. I think they are getting there. No smell yet.

    Brilliantly clear pictures. Yes, you've got a lot of seed in the cup.

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    • #3
      You know, I'm not convinced that fermentation is necessary. When I processed Desirée seeds in 2014 I literally just rinsed the seeds off in a tea strainer and left them to dry on kitchen paper, and they germinated better than TPS I got from others (which I assume were fermented).

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      • #4
        Also I still haven't processed last year's berries! I should get on that.

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        • Galina
          Galina commented
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          yes please, any for the seed circle?

        • Silverleaf
          Silverleaf commented
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          Hopefully, if I get time to do it! I'm planning to this weekend.

      • #5
        Fermenting seeds, I'm just going on the general consensus to, I've never set up a trial to see how much it might affect germination. I do prefer fermented tps, I find it easier to dry and process than when it's fresh and really slimey.

        Those berries should be good and ripe now

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        • #6
          Ripe, definitely. And now I know what you mean about that sweet smell.

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          • #7
            Lol, I've some gone way past their best, I think I'll soak them for a couple of days and give them a whiz in the blender!

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