Vegetables and Fruit forum: Sunflower seeds - are ALL varieties edible?

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Name: DND
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Sep 17, 2015 1:23 PM CST
Sunflower seed experts, I need your help! I know varieties like Mammoth Grey are grown for their tasty seeds, but I don't know if other varieties such as my "Evening Sun" and "Autumn Beauty" also produce edible seeds. Confused I purchased them as organic seeds, so I want to assume that they are edible, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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Sep 18, 2015 9:50 AM CST
Remembering tha "expert" is just an unknown drip under pressure, I disclaim any expertise. But since no one else has answered, I will say that to best of my knowledge all sunflower seeds are edible. The small ornamentals have very small seeds and are probably not worth the effort except as bird seed.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Sep 18, 2015 12:36 PM CST
Yup, those small seeded ones are food for the Goldfinches around my garden.
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
Sep 19, 2015 8:25 PM CST
I cannot answer if all sunflower seeds are edible or not, but I can tell you there are sunflower seeds that taste better than others. I purchase organically grown edible sunflower seeds from different sources and I definitively have a favourite one. Unfortunately, they are only labeled as 'sunflower seeds', but they vary slightly in shape and greatly in taste.
(Zone 6a)
Oct 20, 2015 9:11 PM CST
For what it's worth I've grown a few varieties (some from bird seed) and ate the seedlings of them all and lived to tell the tale.

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