Healthy Food Database
Sunflower seeds are found in the centre of the flower. The seeds can be black or beige/grey and are encased in a shell that is often grey with a black stripe. Shelled, the seeds have a mild, nutty taste. Sunflowers originated in Mexico but are now grown (predominantly for oil) in Australia, Argentina, India, South Africa, Turkey, southern and eastern Europe, Russia and the US.
Sunflower seeds are most often sold shelled. Ensure you buy them from a store with a high turnover of produce to ensure they are fresh. The seeds should be a uniform colour.
Store seeds in an airtight container in the fridge to protect them from going rancid. They will keep for up to 4 months. They can also be frozen.
Tips & Tricks:
Unshelled seeds can be shelled quickly by grinding them whole in a coffee grinder. Place the ground mixture in cold water. The shells will float to the top.
A serve of sunflower seeds equals about 4 teaspoons.
Dry roast the seeds with soy sauce or tamari for a tasty snack. Grind with almonds and flaxseeds to make LSA. Mix into muffin mixes, muesli, cakes and salads.
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* This information is sourced by a qualified naturopath. It is non prescriptive and not intended as a cure for the condition. Recommended intake is not provided. It is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional practitioner.
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