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Related to helianthus annuus: common sunflower
A powerful plant that can grow to 10 feet tall, bursting with a limitless supply of seeds. It gives beauty, food and attracts birds. The whole plant is edible. Tea used for lung problems and malaria. Seeds are a great food with lots of protein and health benefits. Flower petals can be eaten, and the bud can be steamed like an artichoke. The flower is best eaten in the bud stage, steamed, when it tastes similar to artichokes. Once the flower opens, the petals have a bittersweet flavor. Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of magnesium, selenium and vitamin E, which protects cell membranes. Great for skin, heart, protein. Anti-inflammatory, asthma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, colon cancer, menopause, heart, cholesterol, blood pressure, calms nerves, muscles, detoxification, great source of B-complex vitamins, niacin.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz