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Sunflower Microgreen Seed
Description & Nutritional Value
Black oil sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are cultivars that contain more oil in their black seeds than the familiar gray and gray- or black-striped seeds. Generally, these high-oil sunflowers are grown for their seeds, which are processed to make sunflower oil, and for bird feed. Humans can eat black oil sunflower seeds, but they tend to go rancid more quickly than the culinary cultivars. Black oil sunflowers have the same cultural needs as other annual sunflowers. Black oil sunflower seeds have more calories and nutritional value as a result, which makes them highly prized by birds. The shells of these seeds are thin and easy for birds to crack, allowing them to access the prize inside. Black oil sunflower seeds are about 28 percent fat and 25 percent fiber. This makes them incredibly filling. These seeds also have 15 percent protein, iron, potassium, and vitamins A, B, and E.
How To Grow
Select a sunny, well-drained location in the garden. Remove rocks, sticks and other debris. Rake 2 to 3 inches of compost over the soil and dig it in to a depth of 12 inches.Sunflowers have a long tap root, so it's easier to plant them directly in the garden bed after the last frost date in your area. To speed up germination, soak the seeds overnight in warm water. Water the sunflowers regularly to encourage root growth and plump up the seeds when they develop. The sunflowers are ready to harvest when the flower petals begin to fall off and the back of the large flower head turns yellow and brown. The stalk weakens and the seed head droops. Cut the seed head free with anvil pruners. To save sunflower seeds for birds, allow the heads to dry in a warm, dry location. Once dry, remove the seeds or store the entire head in a cool, dry location until you're ready to put it out for the birds.
All Seeds are grown and packaged in the U.S. (Each bag is individually labeled)
All seed lots are tested for germination.
Works great with any type of sprouter.