Green seeds in my tomatoes

by Linda Ryan
(Cranford,NJ)

Q. My tomato plant and the fruit look fine. But the seeds are green. What does this mean?


A. A tomato seed is green because it contains chlorophyll, the pigment in plants that gives them a green color. Chlorophyll is crucial in the process of photosynthesis because it allows plants to absorb energy from light. Even when inside a tomato, seeds continue to absorb light.

As seeds mature, their outer shells harden to protect the inner embryo. Tomato seeds are ripe when they're a buff, beige, or off-white color. Green seeds are likely not yet ripe. In fact, color is one factor gardeners use to determine whether or not seeds are mature enough to germinate.

A tomato is ripe for seed saving when it is ripe to eat. If a tomato is under-ripe, it will not produce viable seed. If the fruit is a bit under ripe, you may get a few good seeds.

One good way to look at seeds is by comparing them to pregnancy. Just as a baby needs time in the "cooker," so to speak, before it is ready to be born, so also a fertilized seed needs time inside a tomato to be ready to reproduce.

Good luck and happy gardening!
Your friends at Tomato Dirt

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Aug 27, 2015
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As it says
by: Serav

A tomato is ripe for seed saving when it is ripe to eat. If a tomato is under-ripe, it will not produce viable seed. If the fruit is a bit under ripe, you may get a few good seeds.

Aug 19, 2014
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Green does not = GMO lol
by: Anonymous

I grow my own tomatoes from a seed. Some are green I the inside. I can honestly say that green seeds do not mean GMO. That's just stupid.

Mar 20, 2014
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MORE TO THE STORY
by: Anonymous

MY RESEARCH SAYS THAT GMO CHEMS INSERT CHLOROPHYL INTO VEGIES. THAT'S WHY I BELIEVE THE SEEDS IN VERY RIPE TOMATOES REMAIN GREEN AND PROBABLY NOT ABLE TO REPRODUCE - THEY ARE GMO TOMATOES - OMG!!!!!!!!!!

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