Northern Bushcraft


  • sprouts are edible.
  • seeds can be eaten raw.
  • seeds can be dried, parched, ground lightly to break shells, and placed in water to separate shells from kernels.
  • shells can be roasted to make coffee substitute.
  • kernels can be ground into meal.
  • kernels can be boiled in water to make gruel.
  • kernels can be mixed with bone marrow or grease to make cakes.
  • crushed seeds can be boiled in water and oil collected by skimming surface.
  • varieties in the Pacific Northwest include Common sunflower (Helianthus annuus) and Prairie sunflower (Helianthus petiolaris).
  • grows in open sites and disturbed areas.
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