Best sunflowers for harvesting the seeds?

Does anyone have a favorite cultivar of sunflower for eating the seeds? Racoons demolished our two giant sunflowers before the birds even had a chance at them this year, so I’m thinking I’ll do a few full rows next year and hope we can get a few seeds for ourselves.

Burpees sells one called Supersnack that is decent for eating.

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Striped Sunflower Seed for birds is $2-3/lb

Local feed store by the lb. Or box store sold in bags.

Or you can find it at dollar store or seed racks called ‘Mammoth’.

Humans get the best quality from the fields and are roasted …the lower quality ones go towards bird seed.

The seeds are screened and the small seeds go to the birds… the large to humans.

I think most of the worlds supply is grown in Ukraine and Russia…so supply will probably be lower next year. Likely more expensive.

What food won’t be more expensive next year? :confounded:

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yeah, but only 3.2% more. refer to the charts and tables :roll_eyes:

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3.2% more money, but 10% less contents in the package.

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Dont do a search on the future of Rice prices and stock… it doesnt look good at all. China etc will likely buy up most of the reserves and crops.

If u are in the US you should probably buy up now and store it if thats your thing.

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I’ve been doing that since covid hit. I wouldn’t consider myself a prepper exactly, but it sure saves a good chunk of cash buying in quantity.

mammoth grey stripe sunflower seems to be what he is recommending. Has anyone seen home/hobby scale dehulling machines for sunflowers?

OR a variety that is hulless or easy sheds the hulls?

I ended up going with Mongolian Giant from Sheffield’s:

Got 100g (~500 seeds) and planted them all over my yard a couple weeks ago, including one dedicated bed where I planted a bunch in what’s probably too-close proximity. Now that that they are coming up, I’m wondering if I should thin them or just let them sort things out themselves. Any ideas?

In case Sheffield’s takes that down at some point, here’s how they describe the variety:

This annual sunflower can grow up to 14 feet tall and produces flower heads that are a staggering 16-18 inches across. But it’s not just the size that makes this sunflower special - it also produces some of the largest seeds you can find, making it a great choice for those who love to snack on seeds. The plants are native to the American prairies and attract bees and birds with their nectar and ripened seeds. Historically, sunflowers were used to symbolize hope for the future. To prevent toppling, it’s recommended to stack the plants.

I wonder if they mean “stake” instead of “stack”?

Yes, you need to thin them. Sunflowers need to be about 2 feet apart for largest heads and best production.

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