Getting to Know Seeds

Swamp boys seeds are nutrient powerhouses packed with healthy proteins, fats and a host of vitamins and minerals. They are a great way to add crunch, flavor and nutrition to salads, soups, grains, breads and snacks. Consistently incorporating seeds into the diet can help decrease high cholesterol and blood pressure levels, improve heart health and boost immune, hormonal and cardiovascular health.

What is the best time to eat seeds?

A seed contains the embryonic beginning of a new plant along with all the food it needs to survive until it can grow in soil. They are the product of sexual reproduction, containing DNA from both pollen grains (male parent) and ovules (female parent), which can be from different plants or the same plant. The genetic material is enclosed in a hard protective coating, and the embryo is wrapped in a supply of nutritious food to help it grow and thrive once the seed is dispersed.

Getting to know the identifying characteristics of seeds will make it easier for you to recognize them in the wild. Observe the color, size and location of the pod as well as how it feels in your hand. You may want to have a seed pod identification guide handy so that when you find a sample, you can refer to it for a match. If the pod you have is not yet ripe or ready to harvest, consider using a process called “stratification,” which breaks down physiological dormancy by adding moisture and exposing them to periods of cool temperatures.

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