Cut the flower stalks off the plant and either hang them or lay them out to dry.

Dried basil flower with seeds

Dried basil flower with seeds

Once they are dry, squeeze each flower group to dislodge the seeds.

Tiny black seeds still seated in the flower.

Tiny black seeds still seated in the flower.

You will have to do this several times to completely dislodge all the seeds in the flower.

Seeds with dried flower petals

Seeds with dried flower petals

Try not to tear up the flower while you are squeezing to help keep the petals out of the seeds.  If you do end up with a few petals in your seeds, you can separate them by slightly blowing on the seeds as you pour them onto another plate or into a jar.  And by slightly I mean really slightly!  The seeds are very light weight too and you just might blow them all away if you aren’t careful.

Once each flower on each stalk has been emptied and the husks discarded, you should have lots of little black seeds.

Put them into a marked container and store in a cool, dark, dry place.

That is all there is to it!

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