Sunflower Seeds - Shelled

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Sunflower Seeds - Shelled

The Sunflower Seed is the fruit of the Sunflower (Helianthus annuus). The plant has a root that is very gnarled and fibrous, composed of many small roots, and it can grow up to 3 meters below the ground surface.
Sunflower Seeds have a very high nutritive value and they are especially rich in oil (30-50%).
Just 25g of sunflower seeds meets daily requirement for Vitamin E.
These seeds are just as rich in proteins as a steak, and they are also used in preparation of many fine pastes.
Sunflower plant comes from southwestern parts of America, Peru and Mexico. There is even some evidence suggesting that sunflower had been cultivated 3,000 years ago by the North American Indians who used to grind seeds into flour and then used it to make bread. It is also suggested that they made sunflower oil.
The Maya people considered sunflower to be the symbol of light and fertility. They also made tea using the plant petals, and used the seeds in their nutrition.
In the beginning of the 16th century, missionaries from America brought the seed of the sunflower to Europe, and already in the 17th century, breeding of this plant spread throughout Europe.





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