Sunflower Seeds: PAW Super Food?

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Sunflower Seeds: PAW Super Food?

Post by Halfapint » Sat May 27, 2017 8:45 pm

So every spring as soon as the weather gets warm and the windows come down in the car I start buying sunflower seeds to eat and spit. This got me looking at the nutritional value of sunflower seeds. I noticed these little buggers are packed full of fat and other minerals. In a world that may be lacking of a lot of things, could sunflower seeds actually provide a good supply of fats and minerals?

I know nuts and seeds are usually packed with fats. Sunflowers pop up all over here without being planted. We get some really big verities that the wild life seem to LOVE. I started researching to see what it would take to make some salted sunflower seeds. It seems pretty simple, get a salt solution boiling, put in sunflower seeds, boil for a few minutes, then roast. However trying to crack them and get a large amount would be a lot of work.

What's another food source that would be good that seems to grow everywhere and may be overlooked?
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Re: Sunflower Seeds: PAW Super Food?

Post by Stercutus » Sat May 27, 2017 9:19 pm

What's another food source that would be good that seems to grow everywhere and may be overlooked?

Birds. When they come to eat your seeds just sit there will a .410 and some #8 shot. You will be able to have a nice hen roast after a couple of hours.
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Re: Sunflower Seeds: PAW Super Food?

Post by yossarian » Sat May 27, 2017 10:28 pm

Stercutus wrote:
What's another food source that would be good that seems to grow everywhere and may be overlooked?

Birds. When they come to eat your seeds just sit there will a .410 and some #8 shot. You will be able to have a nice hen roast after a couple of hours.
If you don't want to waste shells you could make a few of these https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iR_3zWd0hA

I believe there was a thread on here quite some time ago with the same trap. I've read of folks using boxes and milk crates with a stick and pull string (a' la Loony Tunes) effectively as well.

Also, you don't have to boil the seeds to salt them. I've brined them overnight with great results.
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Re: Sunflower Seeds: PAW Super Food?

Post by Halfapint » Sat May 27, 2017 11:06 pm

Stercutus wrote:
What's another food source that would be good that seems to grow everywhere and may be overlooked?

Birds. When they come to eat your seeds just sit there will a .410 and some #8 shot. You will be able to have a nice hen roast after a couple of hours.
While I have zero problem eating meat. Some animals don't have a lot of fat on them, there are times where meat may be lean. If you count on always being able to have meat you may end up being hungry or protein starved, having food that can stay for a while could be quite benifical.
yossarian wrote:Also, you don't have to boil the seeds to salt them. I've brined them overnight with great results.
Good information. Might actually be better than boiling. Boiling would cook them and possibly make the go rancid more quickly. No evidence of this just my own thoughts.
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Re: Sunflower Seeds: PAW Super Food?

Post by flybynight » Sun May 28, 2017 9:29 am

No plants specifically , but your question caused me to wonder and do a search.

http://www.health-alternatives.com/vege ... chart.html

I live in Kansas ( ie the sunflower state) so those are everywhere.
Wild animals will never have much fat in their meat. But even the leanest will have fat in the bone marrow.
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