Product: Sunflower Seeds
Latin Name: Helianthus annuus
Plant Family: Asteraceae
Other Names: At Mirasol Buto, Bunga Matahari, Graines de Tournesol, Semillas de Girasol, Semi di Girasole, Och Solrosfrön, Sonnenblumenkernen, Surya Mukhi, Słonecznika & Zonnebloempitten.
Description: Sunflower seeds come from an annual plant native to North America but now cultivated in most temperate regions of the world. The plant reaches a height of between 2-4 metres, and has thick, hairy, rigid stems. The leaves are 10-25cm in length, cordate or heart-shaped, mid green in colour with a wrinkled surface and prominate veining. The many petaled solitary flowers are terminal, approximately 15-30cm in diameter with yellowy-orange outer petals and and inner disc of brown to purple inner petals. The inner petals produce the seed one flower head can have as many as 2,000 seeds or more correctly fruits are known as achenes and are teardrop shaped and 10-15mm in length.
Sunflower seeds make a tasty and nutritious snack eaten on their own; they can also be sprinkled onto breakfast cereals, added to bread, flapjacks, cakes, biscuits, stir fries, nut roasts and veggie burgers, sprinkled over salads and grain dishes. They can also be made into a type of nut butter.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.