Cooking tips for the caring cook.
Easily Seed a Cucumber
- To easily seed a cucumber, cut it in half lengthwise and use the tip of a teaspoon to scrape out the seeds.
- If you purchase European or English greenhouse-grown cucumbers, now available in many supermarkets, there's no need to seed them as these varieties are virtually seedless.
Want to Save Those Cucumber Seeds?
To save the seeds from your cucumbers, first allow them to ripen thoroughly on the vine. They will enlarge and turn yellow. They should stay on the vines until the vines are dead.
Next, bring the cucumbers into the house and let them ripen some more on a dry shelf in an area of your home that is out of direct sunlight. When the cucumbers begin to turn soft, scoop out the seed mass and put it into a large jar of water. Let the seeds ferment for five days.
Next, separate the scum from the good seeds that have sunken to the bottom. Rinse the seeds thoroughly in a colander, then dry them on screens for at least three weeks, or until the seed snaps when bent in half. Store the seed in airtight containers, label and date clearly.
To store the seeds, place them into containers and keep in a cool, dark place free of humidity. Seed processed properly will remain good for at least eight to 10 years.