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The Story of Seeds from Breeding to Eating

The Story of Seeds from Breeding to Eating

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Walk into the produce section of the grocery store and you’ll see big, beautiful heads of broccoli. Grow it at home, and the plants make small stems that taste as good or better but are a fraction of the size. Bite into a homegrown tomato and you’ll experience flavor and juiciness far superior to what you find in the store. What’s going on here?  Why are store bought and home grown fruits and vegetable so different? It starts with the seed.

Nan Sterman on A Growing Passion tells the delightful story of seeds. In this episode you’ll discover the world of vegetables seeds, starting with breeding. She travels the state of California to visit with vegetable breeders. Then it’s on to a farm north of Sacramento that grows 1600 acres of produce to harvest for seeds, rather than for eating. You’ll see how those seeds are harvested and processed for sale. Finally, Nan visits the test gardens of Renee’s Garden Seeds, one of my favorite seed purveyors.

View the episode at the link below. Enjoy!

The Story of Seeds from Breeding to Eating

Links to Resources for this episode

Proven Selections for the Southwestern Fruit Gardener

Proven Selections for the Southwestern Fruit Gardener

In My San Diego Garden and Kitchen

In My San Diego Garden and Kitchen