Sunflower Seed Kernels
Buy online natural sunflower seed kernels with no added salt and no preservatives.
Our sunflower seed kernels are grown with care and attention, respecting our supply chain and the values in which we believe: respect for people and for the planet.
You can buy sunflower seed kernels in packs of 1 kg, ideal for true lovers.
Discover the benefits of sunflower hearts! Our analyses have shown that 100 g of sunflower seed kernels contain:
- 3.1 mg of Copper, equivalent to 310% of NRV (Nutrient Reference Value);
- 2.6 mg of Manganese, equivalent to 130% of NRV;
- 585 mg of Phosphorus, equivalent to 84% of NRV.
Ingredients: Sunflower seeds. May contain traces of PEANUTS and other NUTS.
Origin: Eastern Europe: Bulgaria/ Ukraine/ Hungary/ Moldova, Austria
Shelled sunflower seeds
- Sunflower seed kernels
- Without salt or preservatives
|Ingredients||Sunflower seeds. May contain traces of PEANUTS and other NUTS.|
|Storage requirements||Store in a cool, dry place|
|Nutrition declaration||average nutritional values per 100 g:|
|Energy||2774 kJ / 673 kcal|
|of which saturates||6.5 g|
|of which sugars||2.2 g|
|Phosphor||585 mg (84% NRV*)|
|Copper||3.1 mg (310% NRV*)|
|Manganese||2.6 mg (130% NRV*)|
|Source||Euro Company analysis|
|Recommendations||The advice provided SHOULD IN NO WAY BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE OR PRESCRIPTION. The information provided shall be considered for informative and educational purposes only, it is not intended to replace medical advice. In case of a medical condition, always consult your doctor.|
|Origin||Eastern Europe: Bulgaria/ Ukraine/ Hungary/ Moldova, Austria|
|Nutrients||Copper, Manganese, Phosphorus|
|*NRV: Nutrient Reference Value||*Nutrient Reference Value|
|Label and packaging||The images are for illustrative purposes only, the product may be subject to changes depending on stock availability and selected weight.|
The common sunflower (Helianthus Annuus) is an annual plant native to the Americas and belongs to the Asteraceae family. It has a large inflorescence with a compound head.
The stem normally reaches 2 metres in height (in the countries of origin it can reach and exceed 3–4 metres1). The leaves are large, with a broad ovate or even triangular shape, heart-shaped at the base and with a sharp apex. The margins are serrated and the surface is rough and crossed by three nerves.
What is usually called the flower is actually the flower head (generally called the 'inflorescence'), which is composed of a set of numerous flowers. It has two types of flowers: ligulate ones on the outside called ‘ray florets’ (17 to 30) which are yellow or sometimes brown, orange or other colours and are arranged in a single row; and tubulous ones on the inside known as ‘disc florets’ (about 150 or more), which are dark orange-brown. Flowering occurs from July to October.
Most of the capitula flower heads in a field of flowering sunflowers point eastwards, towards where the sun rises. Not yet ripe sunflower buds already show this heliotropism: on sunny days they follow the path of the sun in the sky from East to West, while at night and at dusk they return to the East. The movement originates from the drive cells located under the bud and is due to a hormonal-type mechanism. When the sunflower blooms the stem freezes towards the east. For this reason flowering sunflowers are no longer heliotropic, although most flowers point in the direction in which the sun rises.
When the disc florets ripen, they turn into seeds. However, that which is commonly called the plant's seed is in fact its fruit (achenium). The shape of the achenes ranges from oval to oblong, with a velvety surface and colour varying from black to light gray.
Sunflower seeds are sold as snacks when roasted, especially in China, the United States and Europe. For culinary purposes, they can be used in salads or to add flavour to bread. Industrially, an oil is extracted from sunflower seeds as well. To date, varieties with a high content of oleic acid that do not deviate too much from the composition of olive oil are available.
The seeds are also used as feed for birds and rodents. It is also possible to extract engine oil used to produce biodiesel, which is cheaper than other fuels. Squeezing residues are used as feed for livestock. Sunflowers also produce latex, which is being experimented upon as an alternative source to hypoallergenic rubber. The leaves can be used as livestock feed, while the stem contains fibres that can be used in the paper industry.
The sunflower is the flower symbol of the state of Kansas (USA) and one of the flower symbols of the city of Kitakyushu (Japan).
1 Motta, vol. 2–p. 411
The name of the genus (Helianthus) comes from two Greek words ‘helios’ (= sun) and ‘anthos’ (= flower), in reference to the tendency of this plant to always turn its head towards the sun. The specific name (annuus) indicates the type of biological cycle (annual).
The currently accepted scientific binomial (Helianthusannuus) was first proposed by Linnaeus (1707–1778), the Swedish biologist and writer, in his “Species Plantarum”, which was published in 1753.
The sunflower is native to the Americas where it has been grown since at least 2600 BCE. Francisco Pizarro discovered that the Incas considered sunflowers the image of their Sun God. At the beginning of the 16th century, both gold reproductions of the flower and seeds of the same were brought to Europe.
Greek mythology tells of a nymph named Clizia, who fell in love with the sun god Apollo and did nothing but watch his chariot fly across the sky. Nine days later she was turned into a sunflower. For this reason the word ‘sunflower’ already existed long before the Heliantusannuus was brought to Europe and it is clear that the aforementioned myth (mentioned in Ovid’s “Metamorphoses”) refers more properly to the heliotrope, a different plant.
The Botanist Jacobus Antonius Cortusus (who died in 1593) described a specimen 120 hand spans high (about 4 metres) to his friend Pietro Andrea Mattioli (1500–1577), a physician and botanist from Siena in Italy. Other sources report that a sunflower 12 m high grew in Padua in 1567. Seeds of identical origin generated other specimens that grew up to 8 m in height in other places (e.g. Madrid) and periods. More recently specimens over 8 m high have been found both in the Netherlands and in Canada (Ontario).
The American Indians made use of the sunflower in many ways in the past, using it when baking bread, and in medical ointments, dyes and body paints1.
Some parts of this flower contain quercetin glucoside (quercimeritrin), some amino bases, solanic acid calcium salts, and a xanthophylla2, 3.
Research conducted by Bejing University found that sunflower sprouts possess an active agent, cynarin, which is useful against glycoxidation, a phenomenon linked to diabetes. Furthermore, it has been observed to have powerful antioxidant properties which can attenuate or even eliminate free radicals. The results suggest that the consumption of sunflower shoots can be a beneficial choice for people suffering from diabetes4.
Sunflower seeds are rich in phenol compounds5.
A 2009 study demonstrated the marked antioxidant capabilities of the aqueous extract obtained from sunflower seeds, suggesting that consumption of these seeds can prevent oxidative reactions which are responsible for the development of many ailments6.
1 Pelczar, Rita. (1993) The Prodigal Sunflower. American Horticulturist 72 (8).
2 Motta, vol. 2–p. 411
3 Plants For A Future. http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Helianthus+annuus
4 Sun Z, Chen J, Ma J, Jiang Y, Wang M, Ren G, Chen F. Cynarin-rich sunflower (Helianthusannuus) sprouts possess both anti-glycative and anti-oxidant activities. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry [2012, 60 (12): 3260–3265]
5 Pająk P, Socha R, Gałkowska D, Rożnowski J, Fortuna T. Phenolicprofile and antioxidantactivity in selectedseeds and sprouts. Food Chemistry [2014, 143: 300–306]
6 Jade MD, Mancini-Filho J. Antioxidant capacity of the striped sunflower (Helianthusannuus L.) seed extracts evaluated by three in vitro methods. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition [2009, 60 (5): 395–401]
According to our analyses, 100 g of sunflower seed kernels contain:
- Calcium (122 mg — 15% of NRV)
- Niacin (3.7 mg — 23% of NRV)
- Selenium (15 µg - 27% of NRV)
- Potassium (627 mg — 31% of NRV)
- Iron (4.5 mg — 32% of NRV)
- Zinc (4.8 mg — 48% of NRV)
- Vitamin B6 (0.87 mg — 62% of NRV)
- Magnesium (266 mg — 71% of NRV)
- Phosphorus (585 mg — 84% of NRV)
- Manganese (2.6 mg — 130% of NRV)
- Copper (3.1 mg — 310% of NRV)
- Vitamin E (58 mg — 483% of NRV)
- Fibre (12 g)
Each pack of 1 kg of sunflower seed kernels contains about 34 servings of 30 g that provide:
- 92% of the Nutrient Reference Value of Copper;
- 39% of the Nutrient Reference Value of Manganese;
- 25% of the Nutrient Reference Value of Phosphorus;
Individual needs will vary according to age, gender, weight and physical activity. A varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle are the basis of your well-being.
Affordable price means to us offering our clients sunflower seed kernels that everybody can enjoy.
We want, on the one hand, to place the proper value on raw materials in order to obtain a quality product by paying our farmers a fair price; on the other hand, we want to fulfil your needs when it comes to pricing.
We establish fair long-term relationships with our producers to avoid race-to-the-bottom pricing and that are based on trust as part of our efforts to offer you the finest and most natural product.
Not only that: by choosing large packs of sunflower seed kernels you are also contributing to the reduction in the use of plastic.
You can store sunflower seed kernels in cool, dry places away from heat and moisture. Here are 4 useful tips:
- The best way to store sunflower seed kernels is in a refrigerated environment. Nuturally sunflower seed kernels can also be stored at room temperature during the winter season due to low temperatures. During summer, however, it is advisable to store the product in the refrigerator or in the coolest possible environment, as increased temperatures could encourage decay.
- The ideal container for the storage of sunflower seed kernels is glass. Indeed, because of its composition it is impervious to chemical agents and gases, and, as it has excellent insulation properties, it holds the initial temperature for longer than other materials. It is even better if the glass is coloured: using coloured glass blocks the entry of certain wavelengths of light (including ultraviolet), and thus certain nutritional and organoleptic characteristics remain unaltered.
- The type of closure of the container is also important as an airtight cap ensures that the food is protected from excessive contact with oxygen that can lead to lipid oxidation and encourage the growth of aerobic bacteria.
- The best kind of storage environment is one which is well ventilated because ventilating the premises keeps internal humidity under control, which otherwise could escape from windows, thereby guaranteeing the right balance to lessen the onset of mould.
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