Imagine a field full of sunflowers, their golden heads swaying in the breeze. The air is filled with the buzzing of bees and the scent of summer. As you approach the field, you notice that some of the sunflower heads are starting to droop. This is a sign that the seeds are ready to be harvested.
SMACKIN' Sunflower Seeds specializes in roasting and packaging of sunflower seeds. In our years of experience in sunflower seed market we learned how to choose the right seeds, roast with simple and healthy ingredients without compromising the natural deliciousness of sunflower seeds. The process from farm to shelf starts with harvesting the sunflower seeds.
Sunflowers are ready to harvest when the back of the flower head turns brown and the seeds are plump and loose. This usually happens about 80 to 140 days after sowing, depending on the variety of sunflower. Farmers typically harvest sunflower seeds in the fall, from late September to early November. The exact timing of the harvest depends on the variety of sunflower, the climate, and the weather conditions.
Here are some factors that affect the timing of the sunflower harvest:
- Variety: Some varieties of sunflowers mature earlier than others.
- Climate: Sunflowers grow best in warm climates with plenty of sunlight. In cooler climates, the harvest may be delayed.
- Weather conditions: Hot, dry weather can speed up the ripening process, while cool, wet weather can slow it down.
Here are some signs that your sunflower seeds are ready to harvest:
- The back of the flower head is brown and droopy.
- The petals are dry and falling off.
- The seeds are plump and loose.
- The stem is dry and starting to turn brown.
Farmers typically use a combine harvester to harvest sunflower seeds. The combine header cuts off the sunflower heads, and the threshing unit separates the seeds from the heads. The seeds are then collected in the grain tank of the combine. To harvest sunflower seeds manually, simply cut the flower head off of the stem with a sharp knife or shears. Be sure to leave a few inches of stem attached to the flower head. This will make it easier to dry and store the seeds.
Once the sunflower seeds have been harvested, they need to be dried before storing them. Farmers typically dry the seeds in a grain dryer or in a silo. Once the seeds are dry, they can be stored for up to a year.
SMACKIN' collaborates directly with the farmers throughout the year to properly grow and harvest the right amount of sunflower seeds that will be used in our roasting and flavoring production.
Sunflower seeds are a valuable crop for farmers. They are used to produce flavored sunflower seeds, sunflower oil, sunflower butter, and other food products. Sunflower seeds are also used to make birdseed and livestock feed.
What do the sunflower seeds taste like once harvested, roasted, and seasoned? Find out for yourself; our flavored sunflower seeds with bold unique flavoring available here.