Thrifty Tip: Plant Sunflowers

Posted on September 26th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

 

I’ve always enjoyed beauty of sunflowers and the taste of sunflower seeds. And, of late, sunflowers have been my snack seed of choice because of what I read about their health benefits.

Did you know that sunflower seeds are full of antioxidants? One article I read said that sunflower seeds have six times as many antioxidants as do blueberries! They are also so rich in Vitamin E which has been shown to reduce the risk of colon, bladder and prostate cancer. That same vitamin E has powerful anti-inflammatory qualities, which can help reduce the effects of asthma, osteoarthritis and arthritis. The magnesium and copper in sunflower seeds help build stronger bones and more flexible joints.

That’s just to give you an idea of how beneficial sunflower seeds are. Did I mention that they also happen to be yummy?!

A little over a month ago, my husband (who has a serious green thumb!) took a few of my snack supply of raw, organic sunflower seeds and soaked them in water for a few days. When they sprouted, he planted them in our garden. Several beautiful flowers sprouted up in no time. I couldn’t believe how fast they grew. It loved having them in our yard! Then, one day my husband walked in with the head of of one of the sunflowers. I did not realize that as the center got darker and darker, it was because the seeds were growing in! (I know, I know. I’m originally a city girl!)

Here’s one flower, from one seed! I haven’t yet counted how many seeds have from from it. But, we are definitely going to plant LOTS more!

 

Do you grow sunflowers as part of your garden?


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