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Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds, harvested from the centers of sunflowers (Helianthus annuus), are popular additions to snacks, baked goods, and salads. These edible kernels, encased in a black-and-white striped shell, are not only enjoyed for their unique taste, but also offer numerous health benefits. Rich in healthy fats, protein, and essential nutrients, sunflower seeds are a versatile option for those seeking a wholesome and satisfying treat. In addition to being eaten as a snack, sunflower seeds are commonly used in home cooking, enhancing the texture and flavor of various dishes. They can be sprinkled on top of salads, cereals or yogurt, added to homemade granola bars, or incorporated into bread and muffin recipes. They also serve as a great plant-based protein alternative for vegetarian and vegan diets.
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IN NUTS SEEDS & MIXES
584
CAL / 100G
$0.25
AVG / OZ
sunflower seeds
22%
CARBS
56%
FAT
23%
PROTEIN
Sunflower Seeds FAQ
Sunflower seeds can be a little tricky to cook with, especially if you're new to them. Many people wonder whether they should eat the shells, whether they should roast them or not, and how to incorporate them into meals as opposed to just snacking on them. The most common misstep in using sunflower seeds is not preparing them correctly. It's advisable to shell the seeds before consuming them because the shells can be tough and hard to digest. However, if you buy shelled seeds, they're ready to eat as is, or they can be roasted for an extra flavor boost. To get the most out of sunflower seeds, consider their multiple uses. They can be used in salads, baked goods, cereals, smoothies, and even as a base for making sunflower seed butter. Also, slightly roasting them can unlock a deeper, nuttier flavor. One little known trick is to toss sunflower seeds with spices and roast them for a tasty snack.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does sunflower seed expire?
Sunflower seeds can remain fresh in their shells for about 2 to 3 months at room temperature. If unopened and kept in a cool, dry place, the pack of sunflower seeds can last up to a year, although you should always check the best by date printed on the package. Once the pack is opened, the freshness decreases slightly and you should plan to consume them within 3 months. For longer storage, sunflower seeds can be frozen where they will maintain quality for up to a year.
How do you tell if sunflower seed is bad?
There are certain clues to look for when determining whether sunflower seeds have gone bad. The easiest is to smell them. They should have a fresh, nutty smell. If the seeds smell rancid or off, they've likely gone bad. Another test you can employ is tasting a small amount. Bad sunflower seeds might have a bitterness or an off flavor. Visually, if you notice any mold or bugs in the package, discard them immediately.
Tips for storing sunflower seed to extend shelf life
• Store the seeds in a cool, dry place. A pantry or a cabinet away from the stove and other heat-generating appliances is ideal. • Once opened, reseal the bag tightly or transfer the seeds to an airtight container to keep moisture and pests out. • Consider refrigeration or freezing. Storing sunflower seeds in the fridge or freezer can greatly extend their shelf life, especially if you have a large quantity. • Avoid keeping the seeds in direct sunlight as it can speed up the degradation process. • If you do choose to freeze the seeds, allow them to thaw at room temperature before consumption. Thaw only the quantity you will consume right away.
EXPIRES WITHIN
5 - 7
MONTHS
Health Info
Macros
28g
CARBS
72g
FAT
29g
PROTEIN
Allowed on these diets
VEGETARIAN
KETO
PALEO
WHOLE 30
MEDITERRANEAN
LOW CARB
VEGAN
LACTOSE FREE
GLUTEN FREE
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