Strawberries, the sweet jewels of early summer, are delicious when picked fresh off the vine or incorporated into jams, jellies and other desserts. Although strawberries aren't difficult to grow, we rarely think of saving the strawberry seeds for future planting. Saving strawberry seeds is an interesting experiment, a great way to teach children about horticulture and the best way to clone your favorite variety of berries.
Pick a handful of plump, juicy strawberries and set aside in a warm place to ripen slightly. The strawberries should be soft, but don't leave them so long that they spoil.
Wash your hands with hot water and soap, then rinse. Put the ripe strawberries in a fine mesh strainer and work them gently through the strainer with your fingers. The fruit will be pushed through the strainer and the seeds will be left behind.
Rinse the strawberry seeds with a gentle stream of tap water while the seeds are still in the strainer. Leave the seeds in the strainer until the water has completely drained.
Spread the strawberry seeds on a small plate and allow them to dry. This will take several days. Don't remove the seeds from the plate until completely dry. Stir the seeds gently every day so they dry evenly. Dried strawberry seeds will not stick together but will be brittle and break if you press one with your fingernail.
Put the dry strawberry seeds in a small, white envelope and store in a cool, well-ventilated spot until you're ready to plant the seeds. Be sure to label the envelope.