Sunflower Seeds come from, of course, sunflowers! The yellow flowers produce small edible seeds which are grey or greenly coloured and are found naturally in dark green, grey, or black shells called “husks”.
There is evidence that sunflowers were cultivated by native americans as long as 3000 B.C!
However, they were first discovered and taken to Europe, and then spread to Russia where they were first commercialised as a crop and harvested for their oil. It wasn’t until the late 1800’s that they were brought back to North America where they are popular for their oil, seeds, and as a beautiful addition to your garden.
Where do our Sunflower Seeds come from?
In all our products we use Australian Sunflower Seeds that are grown around the Liverpool Plains in Northern NSW. You can find the most stunning sunflowers and sunflower crops in the Liverpool Plains, an easy 4-hour drive from Sydney and 3 hours from Newcastle!
The sunnies flower anytime between December and March, depending on when they are planted and on weather conditions. Once they flower, they offer stunning photo opportunities for about three weeks only, then they start to wilt, lose their petals and look very sad and droopy. The farmers also rotate their crops, so you won’t find the sunflower crops in the same spot every year.
What are the benefits of Sunflower Seeds?
- Reduces Risk for Heart Disease – The high supply of antioxidant Vitamin E (80% of your daily recommended value in every ¼ cup of seeds) helps to reduce body-wide dangerous inflammation from leading to various diseases. Vitamin E, also known as gamma-tocopherol, is a powerful antioxidant that is found in nuts and seeds including sunflower seeds.
- Supports Thyroid Function Through Selenium – One of the leading causes of thyroid disorders, including hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, is a deficiency in the mineral selenium, which sunflower seeds are luckily an excellent source of. The thyroid gland is responsible for regulating body temperature, heart rate, the production of protein, and controlling the rate of your metabolism, just to name a few functions.
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