Types of Seeds
Seeds are pieces of a living plant. A seed is actually an immature plant enclosed within an outer protective sheath. The development of the seed inside the shell is a part of that process of reproduction in seeds, the somatic gametophytes, which include the gymnosperm, cissampelosperm and angiosperms.
Every fruit and vegetable have seeds and the seeds come from different parts of a plant. The shape and size of the seeds depend on the type of fruit. For example, some seeds come up to five millimeters long while others can be as long as two meters. The seeds also vary in color depending on what kind of fruit they come from. Some seeds are white in color while others are gray, brown or black in color.
Some fruits and vegetables come with seeds that can be detached and used for other purposes. Most trees produce seeds when the plant becomes very old. This process is called germination. Germination also happens when a seedling is removed from the mother plant and planted somewhere else. Sometimes a piece of the plant is detached and the young seedling is allowed to sprout before the mother plant sprouts a new one.
Almost all seeds are made up of smaller seeds or germ cells. They are called seeds because they look like small white or red balls when they are still inside the plants. The size of a seed depends on the kind of plant it is made of. The smaller seeds are called small seeds while the larger seeds are known as larger seeds. Some plants produce seeds that look like little grains while there are some plants that produce seeds that look like small peas.
Seeds are important for the survival of most plants since they help them reproduce by developing into another plant or animal. Many types of plants have developed seeds in order to help their reproduction process. Some plants have evolved many ways to help them reproduce like some plants have evolved ways to create several different offspring from just one parent plant. Examples of these plants include the pea plant which has evolved to produce many seeds that will grow into various kinds of animals and also the tobacco plant that has evolved into many different types of tobacco products.
Many seeds are consumed as food or added to food products. The edible seeds are used for foods such as millet, buckwheat, sorghum, flax seeds and mung beans. In cooking, edible seeds are usually combined with the endosperm where they serve as binding agents. For example, flaxseeds are used in making creams and lotions while buckwheat is used in cakes and cookies. There are also other examples where edible seeds are combined with the endosperm.
Many people who grow their own fruits and vegetables choose to collect their own seeds and collect their own edible seeds as well. This is called "seed collecting". Seeds come in different colors. Some of them come in green, yellow, brown, blue, white, black and even purple. Some of these seeds come in irregular shapes which can be used to decorate fruit baskets and other containers.
The seed coat is the outer protective layer on the seed that makes them easier to get to the inside of a fruit or vegetable. The seed coat determines the quality and flavor of the seed. The thicker and plump the seeds are, the higher quality they are. The seeds come with the outer protective coat intact; this outer coat is called the hard seed coat. When the seeds are removed from the fruit or vegetable it is left to dry up and then the inside can be extracted.