Sunflower/ Harvesting for human consumption

Asked September 13, 2020, 2:13 PM EDT

If I cut a sunflower down before all of the seeds have turned black, will leaving it in the flower to dry make it turn black? Are white seeds edible? Do I soak them in salt water? If so, what is the solution? Can I use a dehydrator?

Calhoun County Michigan

1 Response

Great questions! Certain varieties are grown specifically for snacking seeds. Here is are two helpful article on that about harvesting sunflower seeds.
https://enewsletters.k-state.edu/postrockdistrictfcs/2017/08/30/harvesting-and-roasting-sunflower-se...
https://www.extension.iastate.edu/alternativeag/cropproduction/sunflower.html