What is Sunflower seed?
Sunflower seeds are the edible seeds of the sunflower plant (Helianthus annuus). The plant is native to North America and is now grown around the world for its seeds, which are used in a variety of culinary and commercial applications.
Sunflower seeds are typically small, flat, and oval-shaped, with a black and white striped outer shell that encases the kernel or meat inside. The kernel is pale yellow or greenish and has a nutty flavor and a crunchy texture. Sunflower seeds are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats, and are often used in baking, cooking, and snacking.
Sunflower seeds can be consumed raw or roasted, and are often sold either with or without the shells. They can be used as a topping for salads and baked goods, blended into nut butter, or ground into a powder and used as a gluten-free flour substitute. Sunflower oil is also extracted from the seeds and is used in cooking, salad dressings, and other food products.