Sunflower seeds come from the sunflower plant (Helianthus annuus). It originated from North America and 85% of the North American Sunflower seed is still produced in Minnesota and North and South Dakota.
- Sunflower seeds are majorly used for food.
- They come in black, grey and white colours.
- They are fresh and easy to preserve for a long while.
- They are very soluble.
- They possess high protein content and are extensively available.
- They are also rich in fibre.
- They are rich sources of calcium, copper, minerals, and iron.
- They are portable and really filling when eaten.
- They have a mild taste.
- They can grow any type of soil so far it is not waterlogged.
- They thrive in soils that are acidic to slightly alkaline.
Planting Requirements of Sunflower seeds
- The soil should be fertilized with organic manure or a nitrogen-based fertilizer.
- They should be planted in an area exposed to the sun.
- A loose, sandy, well-drained soil is preferable for planting.
- Sunflower seeds are useful in regulating food ingestion, digestion, absorption and metabolism.
- They stimulate a great immune response.
- They work perfectly as snacks due to their portable and filling nature.
- They aid in maintaining a healthy and stable sugar level in the blood.
- They aid good vision by preventing age-related macular degeneration.
- They support the growth of strong muscles.