Medicinal use:

Since ancient times, sunflower plant seed has been thought of as one of the best and most nutritious foods. Sunflower oil is used extensively in the food industry as a high-quality energy food.

Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of fiber, amino acids (especially tryptophan) which make up the building blocks of proteins. These crunchy seeds are an excellent source of health benefitting nutrients like vitamin A, E, and B1 and 6, folate and niacin. Seeds contain good amounts of copper, manganese, selenium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Some of the benefits of sunflower seeds are:

  • Reduces Cholesterol
  • Reduces digestive problems
  • Lowers the risk of cancer
  • Regular consumption of sunflower seeds will add a glow to the skin.
  • It is also used as a garnish for the salads and pasta.
About the plant:

It can grow up to 4 meters in height. The root is hairy and made of fiber, and it creates plenty of spacious roots that can penetrate up to 3 meters in the ground.

Sunflowers can be started indoors in individual peat pots, it is easiest to sow seeds directly into the soil after all danger of spring frost is past. However, where the growing season is short, sunflowers can be safely planted up to 2 weeks before the last expected spring frost. Sunflowers can take a chill or two.

Parts used:

The seed, flower petals and leaves.

How to use:

Roasted and salted seeds are usually enjoyed as a healthy snack. Sunflower oil can be used in cooking.

Vernacular names:

Common name: Sun Flower
Sanskrit: Adityabhakta, Suryamukhi, Suvarchala
English: Sunflower, Common sunflower, Annual sunflower, wild sunflower
Kannada: Sooryamukhi, Sooryakanthi
Malayalam: Sooryakanthi