Sunflowers - Useful in Crafts, Cooking, Home Decor and of course, in the Garden
The glorious Sunflower
This lens is devoted to the sunflower and their uses. You will find lots of information on growing, using them in recipes, giving sunflower adorned gift ideas and lots of sunny pictures.
Who cannot smile when they see these flowers growing tall and who has not raced schoolfriends and siblings to see who can grow the tallest sunflower.
The sunflower gets its name from the Greek words helios meaning sun and anthos meaning flower. There are some 67 species within the Helianthus genus. Most oilseed and ornamental sunflowers are Helianthus annuus.
However, although a bright and attractive flower, the sunflower does not produce a fragrance. It does, however, have value from an economic and ornamental point of view. The leaves are used as fodder, the flowers yield a yellow dye, and the seeds have many uses in food, fuel etc. The yellow, sweet oil obtained by compression of the seeds is considered equal to olive oil for table use.
Archeological evidence suggests that Native Americans began cultivating and improving the sunflower as early as 2300 B.C.
European explorers saw their first sunflower in South America. The Incas grew a tall, single stemmed sunflower from years of selecting and breeding plants from a smaller, native wild flower. Spanish botanists were among the first to receive batches of seeds brought back by the explorers, and by 1580 the sunflower was a common sight in Spanish villages. From Spain, the sunflower spread to Italy, Egypt, India, China, and Russia where it was first grown commercially as an important oilseed crop.
Native Americans in the U.S. have been using wild sunflower for food and medicine for at least 8,000 years. Thus, sunflower cultivation may predate cultivation of the "Three Sisters" of corn, beans and squash. The seeds of sunflower were usually roasted and ground into a fine meal for baking or used to thicken soups and stews. "Seed-balls", similar to peanut butter, made from sunflower butter made a convenient carry-along food for traveling. Roasted sunflower hulls were steeped in boiling water to make a coffee-like beverage. Dye was extracted from hulls and petals. Face paint was made from dried petals and pollen.
When the colonists and explorers sent seed from the New World back to Europe, the sunflower was treated mainly as a curiosity and a garden flower. It was not used as an edible crop again until it reached Russia. In Russia, the Holy Orthodox Church forbade the use of many foods, including many rich in oil, during Lent and Advent. The Russians eagerly accepted the sunflower as an oil source that could be eaten without breaking the laws of the church. Russians also enjoyed sunflowers as a snack food. In the past 50 years, Russians have bred sunflowers for high oil content and improved disease resistance.A
Sunflowers in the Kitchen
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Sunflower folklore and mythology
Clytie, who was either a water nymph or a princess of the ancient city of Babylon*, fell in love with Apollo, god of the sun. For a time the god returned her love, but then he tired of her. The forlorn Clytie sat, day after day, slowly turning her head to watch Apollo move across the sky in his sun chariot. Eventually, the gods took pity on her and turned her into a flower. In some versions of the myth, she became a heliotrope or a marigold, but most accounts say that Clytie became a sunflower.
The Inca Empire
It's said that the natives of the Inca Empire worshipped a giant sunflower, and that Incan priestesses wore large sunflower disks made of gold on their garments. Images of sunflowers were found in the temples of the Andes mountains, and Native American Indians placed bowls of sunflower seeds on the graves of their dead.
The Sunflower is the 3rd wedding anniversary flower and the state flower of Kansas.
Their open faces symbolize the sun itself, conveying warmth and happiness, adoration and longevity.
Sunflowers in the Bathroom
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The National Sunflower Association
Sunflower is an important agricultural crop choice for US producers in the northern plains of the Dakotas to the panhandle of Texas. Browse this complete site on US sunflower production to learn about the sturdy sunflower and the healthy products it provides.
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Sunflowers in the Lounge
Van Gogh's Sunflowers
No mention of sunflowers would be complete without the famous artwork by Vincent Van Gogh. All in all there are said to be 15 paintings of sunflowers by Van Gogh, but only one has secured it's place in the hearts of the public. Although Van Gogh's sunflower paintings are very similar in many aspects, each stands out as its own unique work of art. Van Gogh began painting sunflowers after he left Holland for France in pursuit of creating an artistic community. The firsts were created to decorate his friend Paul Gauguin's bedroom. The majority of Van Gogh's sunflowers in vases were created in Arles, France during 1888-1889. Van Gogh did create some sunflower paintings prior to this time though in Paris, France around the time of 1887..
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- Sunflower Symbolism & the Meaning of Sunflowers in the Language of Flowers
Sunflowers are symbolic of adoration. Sunflowers turn their heads to the sun, which is the origin of their common name. Sunflowers belong to the genus helianthus, a reference to Helios, the sun god. Learn more here.
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Articles�Facts About Sunflowers "Helianthus," is the scientific name of the sunflower. It is a combination of two words "Helios," meaning sun and "Anthos," meaning flower. I have always liked this beautiful flower and had been planning to writ
Sunflower Health and Beauty
Sunflower seeds for health
Sunflower seeds may help with:
Immune system deficiency
Supports organs and systems:
Nutrients found in Sunflower seeds:
Omega-6 fatty acids
Oil, extracted from the ground seeds by boiling, provided many South American tribes with cooking oil and hair treatment. Medicinal uses included everything from wart removal to snake bite treatment to sunstroke treatment.
The Benefits Of Sunflower Seeds
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Sunflowers in Cooking
Breakfast - Good day Granola
8 cups rolled oats (not instant)
1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups unprocessed bran
1 1/2 cups natural wheat germ (not toasted or honeyed)
3/4 cup roasted sunflower kernel, no salt
1/2 cup sunflower oil
3/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups raisins
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup dried mixed fruit, chopped
Stir oats, brown sugar, bran, wheat germ, and sunflower kernels in a large bowl. Put sunflower oil, honey, and vanilla in a small saucepan. Heat, stirring until bubbly. Pour liquid over dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Divide oat mixture evenly and spread on two rimmed cookie sheets. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes, stirring once to keep granola evenly browned. When completely cool, add raisins, coconut, and dried fruit.
Makes about 18 cups.
Calories 160 (26% from fat); Fat 4.75g (sat .8, mono .95g, poly 2.69g); Protein 3.65g; Carb 27.4g; Fiber 2.52g; Chol 0.
Recipes - Sunflower cheese balls
4 ounces Muenster cheese, room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon red pepper
2/3 cup roasted, salted sunflower kernels
Combine cheeses, blend thoroughly. (Use food processor, if possible.) Add Worcestershire sauce, paprika, and red pepper; blend. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Roll in sunflower kernels immediately. Refrigerate cheese balls 2 hours. Serve with whole-grain crackers, bread sticks or miniature bread slices.
Makes 25 cheese balls
Onion soup with roasted sunflower kernel
4 medium or 3 large onions
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
2 1/4 cups beef stock
1 cup white wine
1/2 tsp. caraway seeds
Pepper, to taste
1/3 cup roasted sunflower kernel
8 slices French bread
1 cup Gruyere or Swiss cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 350ÂºF.
Peel onions; slice thinly. Melt butter in heavy skillet; add onions and cook until onions are clear or transparent. Add beef stock, wine, caraway seeds, and pepper; simmer 5 to 10 minutes. Ladle soup into four oven-proof soup bowls; place 2 slices of bread on top of soup in each bowl. Sprinkle with sunflower kernel and cheese. Bake until golden brown.
For crusty tops, place soup bowls under broiler for several minutes before serving.
Per serving: Calories, 445; protein, 20 g; carbohydrates, 39 g; fiber, 4.2 g; fat, 23 g; cholesterol, 47 mg; sodium, 700 mg
- National Sunflower Association : Recipes
Often used interchangeably with dried fruits, nuts, and other seeds, kernels offer a unique, mild, and versatile flavor that is compatible with sweet, salty, and sour flavors.
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Sunflowers in Arts and Crafts
Sunflowers - Paint by numbers
For the budding artist - Paint by numbers this magnificent sunflower display. Majestic sunflowers form the centerpiece of this rustic floral display. Complete instructions show you how to add the details with easy techniques. Kit contains high quality acrylic paints, pre-printed textured art board, a #1 round paintbrush, instructions. Finished Size: 14-Inch by 11-Inch
Sunflowers in Art
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- Vibrant Sunflower Oil Painting Demostration by Lori McNee | Are Sunflower seeds good for you
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Sunflowers to cross stitch/tapestry
- sunflowers cross stitch patterns and kits
sunflowers cross stitch patterns and kits
- Sunflowers In Full Bloom Tapestry Canvas
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Free cross stitch chart: create a beautiful cross stitch landscape of sunflowers and lavender fields. The perfect picture in Anchor stranded cottons...
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The Ultimate Sunflower
From Van Gogh's vibrant masterpiece to its ubiquitous presence in American crafts, from sunflower oil to sunflower seeds to The Sunflower State (Kansas), the friendly sunflower is firmly planted as an intrinsic part of our culture and our daily lives. With its sunny disposition, bright colors, and surprising versatility, it is without a doubt one of the most popular flowers around.
A comprehensive guide to this remarkable flower, The Ultimate Sunflower Book features descriptions of the different species, diagrams of planting schemes, tips on growing giant sunflowers, and step-by-step instructions for creating beautiful arrangements. It also teaches readers how to dry and prepare the flowers for use in cooking and crafts and includes numerous recipes and a host of fun projects. With its gorgeous photographs, eye-catching design, and hardy jacketed paper-over-board format, The Ultimate Sunflower Book is one reference that gardeners, craft enthusiasts, flower arrangers, cooks, and all fans of the sunflower will enjoy leafing through again and again
Sun and earth
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