and squirrels will try to eat the seed before they
ripen. Cover the flower heads with your Moms
panty hose to keep birds and animals away. Morning
glories and pole beans will grow up the stalk of a
sunflower. Harvest the seeds when the back of the
head is brown and dry; most of the yellow petals have
dried and fallen; the seeds are plump and the seed
coats are black and white striped. Cut the main stem
about one foot below the head before the seeds start
to loosen and shatter. Rub the seeds loose by hand,
then dry and store for future use.
seeds can be roasted (do this with an adult). They
will have a nut-like flavor.
To roast sunflower seeds, cover the seeds with boiling
water and allow to stand for five minutes. Drain and
dry the seeds. Spread in a thin layer in a shallow
pan. Sprinkle with salt and heat at 350375°F
for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. If desired,
add two teaspoons of melted butter or oil to each
pound of seeds. Drain on paper towels.