What are Sunflower Seeds?
Sunflower seeds come from an annual plant native to North America but now cultivated in most temperate regions of the world. The plant reaches a height of between 2-4 metres, and has thick, hairy, rigid stems. The leaves are 10-25cm in length, cordate or heart-shaped, mid green in colour with a wrinkled surface and prominate veining. The many petaled solitary flowers are terminal, approximately 15-30cm in diameter with yellowy-orange outer petals and and inner disc of brown to purple inner petals. The inner petals produce the seed one flower head can have as many as 2,000 seeds or more correctly fruits are known as achenes and are teardrop shaped and 10-15mm in length.
Where do Sunflower Seeds come from?
Our Sunflower Seeds are a product of China, USA, Argentina, Hungary and Bulgaria.
What do Sunflower Seeds look like?
Our Sunflower Seeds are a mid great to dull yellow colour and are oval shaped seeds.
How would you describe the flavour of Sunflower Seeds?
Sunflower seeds have a mild, nutty flavour and a firm texture.
What are alternative names for Sunflower Seeds?
The Latin name for Sunflower Seed is Helianthus annuus. Other names include At Mirasol Buto, Bunga Matahari, Graines de Tournesol, Semillas de Girasol, Semi di Girasole, Och Solrosfrön, Sonnenblumenkernen, Surya Mukhi, Słonecznika and Zonnebloempitten.
What health benefits do Sunflower Seeds have?
It has been said that Sunflower Seeds help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. They may also contain vitamin E, magnesium and protein.
What is the suggested use for Sunflower Seeds?
Sunflower seeds make a tasty and nutritious snack eaten on their own; they can also be sprinkled onto breakfast cereals, added to bread, flapjacks, cakes, biscuits, stir fries, nut roasts and veggie burgers, sprinkled over salads and grain dishes. They can also be made into a type of nut butter. We suggest roasting sunflower seeds to enhance their flavour!
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