Harvesting Sunflower Seeds

Harvesting Sunflower Seeds- How to Do It Properly

Harvesting sunflower seeds may seem like something unusual if you have never done it before.  However, if you are interested in carrying out this process at your home you are going to need to know how to do it properly.  This article will briefly explain how to complete this task appropriately.  You may find out that it is easy and relaxing for you.  Take the time to consider its benefits and give it a go.  You may become a pro.

First of all, you are going to need to plant sunflowers in your yard and let them grow.  Next, you will wait until approximately the third week in September to begin planning your harvesting.  You will know that it is time to begin because the back of the sunflower is going to begin turning brown.  Also, the flower will begin to curl and the leaves will start falling off.  If you take a closer look at the seeds themselves you are going to see that they will have a black stripe on them.  Now you know that it is time to harvest.  You will rub the plant and catch the seeds in a bowl or a bucket so that they do not fall on the ground.

If you decide that you would like to begin harvesting sunflower seeds before they are actually ready you can.  However, it is going to be a little more difficult to get them out of the flower.  Once you have the seeds out, you will place them in a quart of water with one quarter of a cup of salt.  Leave them in this mixture overnight.  You will then spray a cookie sheet with oil and place the seeds on this sheet so that they can be placed in the oven.  Cook them at 200 degrees for approximately three hours.

Harvesting sunflower seeds can be completed a third way as well.  Start by cutting the head of the sunflower off of its stem.  Once you have done this you are going to need to find somewhere to hang all of the heads.  Many people may use a space in their basement or in the garage.  Place a plastic bag over the head so that the bag can catch the seeds as they fall out.  You will also want to put holes in the bag so that the seeds do not get moldy in the bag.

Harvesting sunflower seeds has many different purposes.  You can replant some of the seeds so that you will have sunflowers the following year.  If you are going to do this with the seeds, you will want to be sure that they are begin stored somewhere cool.  Many people will place all of the seeds into an envelope rather than a plastic container so that they do not become moldy.

Another option you have is to store the seeds for bird feeding throughout the winter months. This is often possible because one plant will produce so many different seeds that you would have plenty to get your birds through the winter.  Again, store them somewhere cool so that they will not get moldy.  You do not want to spend all of your time harvesting sunflower seeds to find out that they can not be used because they were stored incorrectly and have gone bad.

Finally, you can eat your harvest and enjoy them yourself.  If you like them to be salty you can soak then in a mixture of salt and water the night before you plan to roast them.  If you do not want salt you will simply spread then out on a baking sheet.  Let them cook at 350 degrees for ten to fifteen minutes before you enjoy them.