All the flavour without the shells, sunflower seed kernels are a powerhouse of nutrition and you’re much mistaken if you thought they were just the preserve of parrots. Read on and find out why this little seed earns it’s big place in the who’s who of wholefoods.
Sunflower seeds are a great source of magnesium, vitamin E, manganese, copper, selenium and phosphorus, along with vitamin B1, vitamin B6, folate, and other minerals. Sunflower seed kernels are a great source of polyunsaturated oil and used to produce the very familiar product sunflower oil.
Sunflower seed kernels can be eaten raw, or toasted with a little tamari for additional flavour. They also make a great baking ingredient and are perfect to sprinkle over cereals or salads.
Native Americans used sunflower seeds for thousands of years as a food source and to produce dye. Sunflower seed husks vary in colour and can be black, grey/green or black and white striped.