Sunflower Seeds

Category: Seeds
Main Origins: USA, China, Israel, Argentina
Harvest Times: Available All year

The sunflower seed is the fruit of the sunflower. The sunflower (helianthus annuus) is an annual plant that possesses a large flowering head, commonly called the "flower", although in fact, it is numerous florets crowded together. The florets inside the circular head mature into seeds.

To grow best, sunflowers need full sun and fertile, moist, well-drained soil. The harvest is done mechanically, using machines called combines. These machines clip the heads of the sunflowers and separate the seeds from the unwanted matter. Once collected, sunflower seeds are taken to the processing plant for cleaning, mechanical hulling if desired, and packaging.

Sunflower kernels are a cost-efficient way to add taste, texture and eye appeal to a variety of bakery products and snack selections. Sunflower seeds in shell are an increasingly popular and nutritious snacking choice around the world, both raw and roasted and salted. Another well-known application is sunflower oil, used for cooking due to its lightness compared to olive oil.

NV Sunflower seeds are one of those unsung heroes of the nutritional world. They are cheap, readily accessible, available all year round, and immensely nutritious. They have especially high levels of some of the most important nutrients for human beings. They are a good source of vitamin B (also known as thiamine), vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese and selenium, and a very good source of Vitamin E and folic acid. Sunflower seeds are also very low in cholesterol and sodium. Just a handful of sunflower kernels a day provides much of the recommended levels of some antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and protein.

Kenkko is the exclusive supplier of USA CHS (Agway) brand in many European countries. For many years Kenkko has been a CHS approved partner and we are a leading supplier of sunflower seeds to the Spanish market. Kenkko supply all varieties of sunflower seeds both shelled and in shell. 

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