What do you do with potato fruit [plums]? Can you plant them and if you can when?



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    The little green “plum” fruits on some varieties of potatoes contain seeds that can be planted. However, please note that the fruit itself is toxic and should not be eaten.

    Apparently, the easiest way to get the seeds is to chop the fruit, then soak it in water. After a day or so, the seeds will sink to the bottom, while the fruit will float.

    Note, however, that you don’t need the seeds to plant potatoes, since they are a tubor. Additionally, it is reported that the seeds apparently do not always produce the same plant (there is some kind of mutation or something that changes the plant in some way).

    After potato plants flower, some varieties produce small green fruits that resemble green cherry tomatoes, each containing up to 300 true seeds. Potato fruit contains large amounts of the toxic alkaloid solanine and is therefore unsuitable for consumption. All new potato varieties are grown from seeds, also called “true seed” or “botanical seed” to distinguish it from seed tubers. By finely chopping the fruit and soaking it in water, the seeds separate from the flesh by sinking to the bottom after about a day (the remnants of the fruit float).
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