আস্সালামুআলাইকুম, Thank you for browsing Labony Kitchen. Presenting you today, Seed saving allows you to collect and store seeds from your favorite plant varieties from your own garden-grown plants. The large seeds of gourds, both pumpkins and ornamental varieties, dry easily and store well, whether you collect them from fresh fruits or cured ones. Gourds readily cross-pollinate so it’s best to save seeds if you only plant one variety in the garden each year, otherwise the seeds may not produce true to the parent. Cut an opening in the gourd with a small hand saw or electric saw. Make the opening in the desired shape and size if you are using the gourd shell for a project. Pull out the dried pulp from inside the gourd and place it on a plate or in a bowl. Separate the seeds from the papery pulp. Save only fully formed seeds that aren’t discolored or showing signs of mildew or mold. Store the seeds in a sealed envelope to keep moisture out. Label the jar with the seed variety and year harvested. Keep it in a cool, dark place until you are ready to replant. Fresh Gourds Cut open the gourd with a sharp knife. Scoop the pulp out of the gourd shell with a large spoon and place it in a bowl. Separate the seeds from the pulp and transfer them to a second bowl. Fill the seed bowl with lukewarm water. Swish the seeds around in the water with your hand to loosen and remove the remaining pulp. Scoop the pulp from the water surface and dispose of it. Dispose of any seeds that float, because these aren’t viable and won’t germinate. Drain the water from the seeds. Spread the seeds out in a single layer on a paper towel in a dry area. Allow the seeds to dry for one or two weeks, turning them once or twice weekly so both sides dry completely. Store the seeds in a sealed envelope labeled with the variety and harvest year. Keep the jar in a cool, dark place.