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Sunflower Seeds

Botanically speaking, a sunflower seed is more properly referred to as 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. Additionally, these seeds are usually considered the seed of choice for bird feeders. 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 also be called confectionery sunflower seeds. In addition to linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid), sunflower seeds are also an excellent source of dietary fibre, protein, Vitamin E, B Vitamins, and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, selenium, calcium and zinc. Additionally, they are rich in cholesterol-lowering phytosterols. Sunflower oil is one of the most popular oils in the world. The oil may be used as is, or may be processed into polyunsaturated margarines. The oil is typically extracted by applying great pressure to the sunflower seeds and collecting the oil. The protein-rich cake remaining after the seeds have been processed for oil is used as a livestock feed. The original sunflower oil (linoleic sunflower oil) is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (about 68% linoleic acid) and low in saturated fats, such as palmitic acid and stearic acid. However, various hybrids have been developed to alter the fatty acid profile of the crop for various purposes. A team for the University of Leeds has developed a method for the extraction of hydrogen from sunflower oil, through a chain of chemical reactions with nickel-based and carbon-based catalysts. However, while the plant's photosynthesis essentially captures the hydrogen, the energy necessary to liberate hydrogen gas from the hydrocarbons from sunflower oil is considerably greater than the energy of the liberated gas. Therefore, although sunflower oil could certainly be used for this purpose, it is not, by any means, a 'free' or even 'eco-friendly' source of energy.

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Sunflower Seeds 6x500g Sunflower Seeds 6x500g vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
15242
8.55
0.00
Sunflower Seeds 6x250g Sunflower Seeds 6x250g vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
01970
6.26
0.00
Sunflower Seeds 6x125g Sunflower Seeds 6x125g vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
10776
4.34
0.00
Sunflower Seeds 6x500g Sunflower Seeds 6x500g vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
01967
6.26
0.00
Sunflower Seeds 6x250g Sunflower Seeds 6x250g vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
01968
4.46
0.00
Sunflower Seeds 6x125g Sunflower Seeds 6x125g vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
01969
3.38
0.00
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Sunflower Seeds 25kg Sunflower Seeds 25kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
02526
59.50
0.00
Sunflower Seeds 5kg Sunflower Seeds 5kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
02527
15.47
0.00
Sunflower Seeds 2.5kg Sunflower Seeds 2.5kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
06863
8.03
0.00
Sunflower Seeds 1kg Sunflower Seeds 1kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
07335
3.33
0.00
Sunflower Seeds 25kg Sunflower Seeds 25kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
28668
29.90
0.00
Sunflower Seeds 5kg Sunflower Seeds 5kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
02525
7.77
0.00
Sunflower Seeds 1kg Sunflower Seeds 1kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
12463
1.67
0.00

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