By Gloria Bond
Douglas County Empire Press 

Waterville Wanderings: The incredible edible sunflower


Last updated 8/20/2021 at 10:51am

Gloria Bond

A beautiful sunflower grows among a proliferation of other sunflowers at the garden.

When I heard the whole sunflower was edible, I definitely had to give it a try! I went to the CG (Community Garden) and harvested roots, stems, flowers, buds, and leaves.

I tried the whole thing. Now, when some people say "edible," they don't necessarily mean palatable. I do eat and love sunflower seeds, and if it became necessary to eat sunflower plants, it wouldn't be horrible, though it would take some getting used to.

The sunflower root tea was light, nutty, and refreshing. I didn't dry the root or roast it like some recipes called for; I just added hot water to a few fresh roots and let it steep for about an hour.

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