A chronicle of my adventures growing, preserving, cooking and eating from my garden and everywhere.

After I removed the little florets (which taste rather good in a nutty, sunflowery kind of way), the seeds came out of the seed head pretty easily.  I proceeded to removed them all by running my thumbs over the seed surface.  It took about 15 minutes and produced a whole sheet pan-worth of seeds.

the actual flower of a sunflower and totally edible
how to harvest sunflower seeds
how to harvest sunflower seeds
how to harvest sunflower seeds

After shaking out the stray chaff and florets, I put the sheet pan of seeds in a 170 degree oven for two hours, then turned off the oven and left them over night.  I didn’t want to toast them yet, just make sure they were good and dry.  If they aren’t good by morning, I’ll bake them a little longer.  Now I can introduce my daughter to the joys of cracking sunflower seeds!

how to harvest sunflower seeds
how to harvest sunflower seeds

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