Sunflowers, seeds and harvesting

Mon. Aug. 18, 2014

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I’m a person whose cup is half full but sometimes the world is wrought with sorrow and I need a pick-me-up.  Enter the sunflower…

I just love sunflowers.  They’re so cheery and the fact that they turn their “faces” to catch the sun just makes them more special.  The local farmers market are filled with these beauties and they last a lovely long time!

Harvesting:  When the backs of your sunflower heads turn from banana yellow to brown and are droopy, cut the seed head off leaving about 12 to 18 inches of stem.

Hang the heads in a warm, dry, ventilated area until the seeds loosen and dry.  Then rub the heads together or use a wire mesh screen to remove the seeds from the head.  Store in an airtight container until you’re ready to roast.

For an easy roasting method check out the National Sunflower Association and get ALL kinds of great info!

 

Recipes from the National Sunflower Association

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