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Sunflower Seed

Nutritional Information

1 cup hulled, sunflower seed

  • Calories 745
  • Calories from Fat 573.66
  • Amount%DV
  • Total Fat 63.74g98%
  • Saturated Fat 6.68g33%
  • Monounsaturated Fat 12.166g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 42.092g
  • Cholestreol 0mg0%
  • Sodium 525mg22%
  • Potassium 1088mg31%
  • Total Carbohydrate 30.81g10%
  • Dietary Fiber 11.5g46%
  • Sugars 3.49g
  • Protein 24.74g49%
  • Calcium 9mg1%
  • Iron 27mg150%
  • Vitamin A 0%
  • Vitamin C 3%

Sunflower Seed on Wikipedia:

Left: dehulled kernel. Right: Whole seed with hull

Botanically speaking, a sunflower seed is an achene. When dehulled, the edible remainder is called the sunflower kernel.

For commercial purposes, sunflower seeds are usually classified by the pattern on their husks. If the husk is solid black, the seeds are called black oil sunflower seeds. The crops may be referred to as oilseed sunflower crops. These seeds are usually pressed into sunflower oil. These seeds are considered the seed of choice for bird feeders.[1]

If the husks are striped, the seeds are called striped sunflower seeds or ``stripers.`` Due to their lower oil content, the crops are called non-oilseed sunflower crops. Striped sunflower seeds are primarily used for food; as a result, they may be called confectionery sunflower seeds.

There is a sunflower seed that is whitish, which has no current commercial use. Most commonly, sunflower seeds are black with white stripes or plain black.



Top Sunflower Seed Producers - 2005 Source: UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)[2] Rank Country 106 M/T Country area (km²) 1  Russia 6.3 &0000000017098242.00000017,098,242 2  Ukraine 4.7 &0000000000603700.000000603,700 3  Argentina 3.7 &0000000002780400.0000002,780,400 4