Sunflower Seed

Sunflower Seed

The sunflower seed is the seed of the sunflower (Helianthus annuus). There are three types of commonly used sunflower seeds: linoleic (most common), high oleic, and sunflower oil seeds.


Sunflower was a common crop among American Indian tribes throughout North America. Evidence suggests that the plant was cultivated by American Indians in present-day Arizona and New Mexico about 3000 BC. Some archaeologists suggest that sunflower may have been domesticated before corn.


The attractive heads of flowers are 7.5–15 cm wide in wild specimens and often 30 cm or more in cultivated types. The disk flowers are brown, yellow, or purple, while the petallike ray flowers are yellow. The fruit is a single-seeded achene. Oilseed varieties typically have small black achenes, while those grown for direct seed consumption, known as confection varieties, have larger black-and-white achenes that readily separate from the seed within.

Type Sunflower
Cultivation Type Common
Processing Type Raw
Style Dried
Packaging Plastic Bags ( 25 pp bag)
Grade AA
Use For human consumption
Shelf life 24 months
Colour Natural Colour
Moisture 10% Maximum
Purity 99%
Supply ability 20 tonnes monthly ( during harvest cycle )
Origin Tanzania