SUNFLOWER - SUNGOLD Scientific Name:
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- Annual growing up to 1.52m, with branched, hairy stems and broad, coarsely toothed, rough leaves.
- The branch tops bear 12-15cm fluffy, golden-yellow double blooms that will last longer on the stalk than regular single bloom sunflower types.
- It prefers well drained soil and full sun.
- Sunflower Sungold is edible - both by humans and wildlife, and can be cultivated in the garden as an ornamental, background plant or as a screen to create an own private garden.
- Excellent cut flower.
Medicinal Uses. It is said that:
- Sunflower seeds are eaten fresh/roasted/salted and are added to bread, biscuits and confectionery.
- It is manufactured into sunflower margarine and cooking oil.
- Sunflower seedlings can be added to salads or put onto sandwiches.
- The young flower buds can be cut raw into salads or steamed and served like artichoke.
For Animals. It is said that:
- The benefits of sunflower seeds and sunflower oil are numerous.
- 90% of the fat in sunflower seeds is good unsaturated fat that lowers total cholesterol; low density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol and triglycerides while maintaining beneficial high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which is needed to carry the ‘bad’ cholesterol away.
- Sunflower seed is a good source of protein, B-Vitamins, Vitamin E, selenium, copper, Folate, zinc, iron, fiber and phytochemicals.
- Food for birds and poultry.
- An infusion from the flowers are used to kill flies.
- Stalks can be used as fuel and the ashes can be returned to the soil.
- Seed hulls could be used for ‘bedding’ for poultry and afterwards returned to the soil or composted.
- The hulls can also be used as fuel (in Russia ethyl alcohol and furfural are manufactured), and it is used in lining plywood and in growing yeast.
- The stems are used as a source of commercial fibre.
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