The easiest crops for beginning seed savers to start working with are tomatoes (Lycopersicon lycopersicum
), common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris
), and peas (Pisum sativum
). All of these crops are self-pollinating, inbreeding plants, so do not need to be isolated from other varieties to save seeds that will come ‘true-to-type’. The exception is potato-leaved tomato varieties (like Brandywine) and current tomatoes (L. pimpinellifolium
) which will cross pollinate.