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#1 Jordan9682 OFFLINE  

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Posted July 17, 2013 - 11:56 AM

What kind of sunflowers are used for roasting? Will my giants work ?

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Posted July 17, 2013 - 01:34 PM

That is out of my book of knowledge , sorry

 

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Posted July 17, 2013 - 07:10 PM

I really don't know much about the "eating sunflowers" but I really love growing them... in pots (like everything else I grow).  I missed getting them in this year and I don't know if I could plant this late and have them flower...

 

The following quote if from this website:http://www.gardengui...eds-eating.html

 

"All sunflowers are edible, but if you have a craving for a bountiful crop of seeds for your eatingicon1.png enjoyment, choose large head varieties that produce plentiful big seeds. "Mammoth," "California Greystripe" and "Sunzilla" are all good choices for large flower heads and seeds."

Read more: How to Grow Sunflower Seeds for Eating | Garden Guides http://www.gardengui...l#ixzz2ZLpNAhvk


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Posted July 18, 2013 - 12:50 AM

We've had good luck with the giants, very tasty with a short soaking in a stiff brine of salt and water, then roasting 'till dry. Not complicated, but the hard part is getting them ahead of the birds.   lol.  For that, try putting a large paper bag over the heads as soon as they appear ripe--- the birds (again) will tell you when that is.


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Posted July 18, 2013 - 08:57 AM

We've had good luck with the giants, very tasty with a short soaking in a stiff brine of salt and water, then roasting 'till dry. Not complicated, but the hard part is getting them ahead of the birds.   lol.  For that, try putting a large paper bag over the heads as soon as they appear ripe--- the birds (again) will tell you when that is.


Great, I've got 14 of them so I'll have some work to do to shell them all out!
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Posted July 19, 2013 - 12:24 AM

Great, I've got 14 of them so I'll have some work to do to shell them all out!

 

I had good luck getting the seeds out of the head by just rubbing the seeds out with my hand... (sunflower seeds, SUNFLOWER SEEDS!!!) :D  When they're ripe they fall out easily.  Since I don't eat them (allergic), I used to harvest them for the birds in winter, but it's not worth it at bagged 50# prices.  More fun to watch 'em feed right on the flowers.  Downy woodpeckers take them and hide them in the bark of trees.


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