In this post, I share how I roast in shell my new white sunflower seeds. This was an amazing treat to grow in the garden and now preparing them as a snack. Be sure to scroll down this post to see images and step by step recipe on how to do this. I share directions using the Oven Air Fryer option for quick treat making.
Not All Sunflowers are For Human Consumption
I watched a funny video featuring a TV movie star who was sharing a live stream about her sunflowers she grew. Luckily she had chickens so the critters got a nice treat. Not all sunflowers are meant for human consumption. I mean – you can eat them but you may not like the flavor. Seeds like the Black Oil Sunflower. My friend Leslie grew a big patch of these on her farm this year. They are amazing to see but not so good to eat. I did save one of her flower heads to show you.
PHOTO of Leslie Rikers Black Oil Sunflower in Farm Field
I guess the actress grew this variety judging by the looks of the flower. I also think she harvest the flower head too soon. You have to let the flower finish it’s bloom time before harvest. If you have a lot of birds in your garden you have to keep an eye on this so they don’t get the seeds before you do!
An older gentleman once told me that once the sunflower head droops over and the flower peddles dry up it is ready to be harvest. Use a pruner to cut these back for best results.
Roast in Shell White Sunflower Seeds
The recipe is super simple to make at home once you harvest your seed. I let mine sit indoors for a few weeks mostly because I didn’t have time to prepare them. You will want to keep them in a dry and cool location where critters and bugs can’t get at the seeds. Be very careful to not let the drying flower mold.
You won’t eat as much because you have to work at the shell to get to the seed.
Roast in Shell White Sunflower Seed
Today I am going to share a few simple steps using the Power Oven Air Fryer. I am on my 2nd air fryer – the first I swear I used daily from 2015-2020. It died.. and I quickly bought a new one. I need to do a formal review to show you how amazing these devices are. Today I am using the one I bought from Home Depot but you can find them on Amazon.
This was a fun experiment and I can tell you I won’t do this often. However, I save plenty of these seeds that I didn’t roast to grow next year and to give to the birds.
Roast in Shell White Sunflower SeedsCourse: SnackCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Medium
Dried Sunflower Seeds (about 2-4 cups)
Pinch of Salt
Remove seeds from the dried flower. Rinse seed to make sure it is clean.
Boil sunflower seeds in salted water: Place sunflower seeds, pinch of salt, and water into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and simmer for at least 10 minutes.
Drain the water from the seeds and spread the seeds out in a single layer in a sheet pan.
Spread seeds on a sheet pan or air fryer tray to roast. Place in a 400°F oven on the top rack and roast for 10 to 15 minutes. This will be less time in an air fryer. Be sure to check the seed to make sure it is roasted - if not return to the oven for more time.
- Be sure the seeds have been dried in a clean and low light environment so mold and bugs do not set in.
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Happy Roast in Shell White Sunflower Seed FUN TIME,