Sunday, August 21, 2011

How Do You Roast Sunflower Seeds?

DSC_2217_6938The sunflowers are now so heavy their heads are hanging down all day long.  It seems they are also bowing to the power of the sun.  The strongest of us must cry “Uncle” at this time of year.  Enough is enough.  Summer is the price I pay for having a 365 day growing season; but come on already.  DSC_2219_6940I’ve only grown sunflowers before for decoration then for bird seed.  This season, I think I may try roasting and salting them for Farmer MacGregor to enjoy.  These are supposed to be the Teddy Bear variety; but I think I got gipped.  Are they edible?  If so, how do you prepare them?  There’s a bunch this summer.  Any suggestions? 

5 comments:

Sue said...

Wish I could help you out, but I've only grown them for the birds. Hopefully you'll get some good ideas from others. Good luck!

GirlRural.com said...

I don't see why not! I'd treat them like pumpkin seeds. Try rinsing them, then putting them on a baking sheet in the over on 450 for 10 minutes. Sprinkle a little salt, cumin or chili powder for an added punch of flavor. I say go for it!

Steve said...

We've grown them a couple of times. I got a recipe from a friend's father years ago. Soak them in a brine solution. The longer you soak them, the more salty they are. The first time we soaked them to little. Maureen seems to think they soak in the neighborhood of 24 hours. (She did the work, I just ate them, so I would believe her.) I like the idea of more spices this time.

After brining them, roast them in the oven at 300. We just tested them until we found a winner.

I apologize that this isn't more specific, father told me years ago.

Maureen's SOH

Anonymous said...

I just did a quick google search and found this.
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6731/roast-your-own-sunflower-seeds

Good luck

Amy said...

I loved having sunflowers in my garden. I planted a lot of seeds this past spring and not ONE grew. I think the birds got them. Geez...drought,no sunflowers, no veggies :/ i love gardening.