Oh, you beautiful Thermomix, you.

Summer is seed collection time—meaning the seeds on the plants in the natural bush part of the property.

I like to do a full collection every couple of years just to keep the seedstock fresh. I use the seed for growing new plants if I need to revegetate any areas. Most seed is easy to collect; the main problem is extracting the seeds from the capsules or pods or whatever. At this time of year the dining table is usually covered in plastic cups and sheets of paper containing seed pods and capsules.

Eventually, when I can’t find enough room to sit down and eat, I have to start extracting seeds and putting them into paper envelopes to store. Not my most favourite job.

Wattles and pea-flowered plants bear their seeds in a pod (they’re in the legume family like peas and beans). The pods dry out and split open tossing the seeds to the four winds, so pods have to be collected when they’ve browned off, but not when they’ve actually split open. So the tedious, boring job involves ‘shelling’ dozens of pods to remove the seed.

Bossiaea cinerea (Showy Bossiaea) is a plant that has its seed in a short, flat grey pod. It’s a real pain to split them open.

Enter the ever-so-versatile Thermomix.

The special set of 4 chopping/mixing blades are really cunningly made. One side of the blade is sharp, for chopping, and the other side is blunt, for mixing. It’s possible to reverse the direction of rotation, depending on what you want to do.

I wondered if it would break open the seed pods and release the seeds when on the reverse (non-chop) setting, but not damage the seed.

Oh, boy, did it ever do a good job!

Seed pods opened; seed released. A little bit of winnowing and Bob’s your uncle.

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4 Responses to “Oh, you beautiful Thermomix, you.”

  1. The F. Relic Says:

    Next you’ll be grinding Acacia seed for your own flour!! Ping!! Oh oh!! 🙂

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    • foodnstuff Says:

      I did give it some thought! But I think the best species for seed (forgotten which) isn’t native to here, so introducing it would be an ecological no-no.

      I think there are some that are actually poisonous. Must check.

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  2. Frogdancer Says:

    I was thinking the same thing as The F. Relic!!

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    • foodnstuff Says:

      Well, you’d be able to grow any old Acacia where you are, because there’s no remnant bush around you. I have to be careful not to introduce any environmental weeds here.

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