Gardeners and collectors can gather tomato seeds from the center or core of the tomato. Tomatoes are the fruit of a tomato plant. The fruit protects the seeds and provides nourishment to them when the tomato falls to the ground. Save your tomato seeds and put them to use for a variety of purposes.
Heirloom Tomato Seeds
Start a collection of heirloom tomato seeds, ones that you will save over the years for various reasons. Collect seeds from tomato plants that did exceptionally well, so you can grow them again later. Most tomato seeds will last between five to 10 years, so you can save heirloom seeds from this year and grow them again years later.
Recycle old tomato seeds into craft projects. Crafters can use tomato seeds that are no longer viable to decorate items, such as gardening containers. Spray the recycled tomato seed with shellac or a clear varnish to preserve them. Sprinkle generously over glue to add texture to art pieces. Use your creativity to incorporate recycled tomato seed into various art mediums to produce some unique and fun craft projects.
Share at Gardening Clubs
Tomato plants produce an abundance of fruit per plant. Keep several of the larger tomatoes and harvest the seed. Rinse and dry them. Store the seed in a plastic bag. Share them with other gardeners at gardening clubs. Exchanging a variety of seeds is a great way to add to your gardening collection, grow new plants and try out new vegetables.
Add to Recipes
Tomato seeds are edible. They can add texture and flavor. Sprinkle them over the top of green garden salads or cooked pasta salads. Additional tomato seeds can be added to tomato-based sauces and soups. Bake recycled tomato seeds on a low heat for about 10 minutes and serve as a garnish on top of baked potatoes, sweet potatoes or baked fish dishes.