How to Process Sunflower Seeds to Eat

Sunflower seeds are a nutritious, convenient snack enjoyed by children as well as adults. They are high in folate, vitamin E, iron, zinc and selenium, and they are an excellent source of healthy fats and antioxidants. If you have grown your own sunflowers, harvest the heads when the backs of the heads turn yellow. Hang them upside down to dry. The seeds are ready when you can easily rub them off the head.

Step 1

Place the sunflower seeds in a bowl and add enough water to cover them. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of salt for every 2 quarts of water and stir. Let the seeds soak overnight.

Step 2

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3

Drain off the water and dry the seeds between paper towels and spread them on a cookie sheet.

Step 4

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Stir occasionally.

Step 5

Remove seeds from the oven when they are golden brown. Add salt to taste.

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