Lauren wanted to grow sunflowers this past fall so she planted about 6 or 7 sunflower seeds. These beauties grew to over 7 feet tall! They were gorgeous.
As it turns out, Lauren was able to save the seeds from one of the flowers. We kept about 10 of them for planting again this spring. The others we roasted. They’re not quite as salty as the ones you buy in the store but they’re very tasty … and very fresh.
Roasting Raw Sunflower Seeds Recipe:
1 quart water
1/8 cup salt
Rinse the sunflower seeds. Set aside. Combine the water and salt and stir until the solve dissolves. Add the sunflower seeds and make sure they are all covered. Let them sit in the brine for 24 hours.
The next day, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Drain the seeds and pat them dry. Put them on a cookie sheet and roast them in the oven, stirring every 10 minutes. When the seeds are done, simply remove them from the oven and let them cool before storing them in a container.
By the way, growing sunflowers is extremely easy. They are very hardy and grow to incredible heights. They are perfect for spring/summer gardens and can serve as trellises for green beans that vine. We did this one year and it worked out great. We didn’t need any additional trellises for the beans.