Sunflower - Knowledgebase Question

Tampa, Fl
Question by miguelcorona0
September 19, 2009
Hello, I have a Sunflower Giant grey stripe, and I would like to know if the seeds are edible?

Answer from NGA
September 19, 2009


The seeds are edible. The seeds will begin to change color and the head will begin to hang. At that point you can harvest the whole head and begin the drying process. Here are some basic instructions: Wait until the petals fall and the heads begin to droop. You'll notice the back of the seed heads will begin to turn yellow instead of green. Cut them along with about 2' of stem and hang them upside down to dry in a dry, well-ventilated place such as a garage or attic, until fully dry. Remove the seeds by rubbing two heads together, or by using a stiff brush. Spread out the seeds until fully dry and store in plastic bags (make sure there is no condensation on the bag or they will rot) , or soak overnight in a strong salt solution, drain, spread on a shallow baking sheet, and roast at 200F degrees until crisp. The recipes vary on the amount of salt to use. Try a half cup to a quart of water - if that's not salty enough, add more for your next batch. Depending upon size, your sunflower seeds can take 30 minutes to 3 hours to dry in the oven. Test often by taking a few seeds out of the oven, allowing to cool, and crunching between your teeth. You'll know when they're crispy dry. Store in an airtight container.

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