How to Buy Sunflower Seeds

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How to Buy Sunflower Seeds
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Sunflower seeds are tasty, healthy, and satisfying to eat. The seeds contain Vitamin E, magnesium, and selenium, an antioxidant. They are also low in calories and contain no saturated fat. Sunflower seeds are available year round in a variety of locations and can be eaten with or without the shell. Sunflower seeds make a good snack food, and many people also like to incorporate them into salads, cookies, breads, and muffins.

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    Consider what you are buying the seeds for, how much you need, and the quality you want. If you are following a recipe, you will likely require shelled, unsalted seeds, which can be purchased at nearly any supermarket. Read the package carefully. Some packaged products come with the seeds already salted, toasted, or flavoured.

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    Shop at warehouse stores for low prices if you are looking to purchase a large number of sunflower seeds. Stores such as Costco or United Grocers sell sunflower seeds in bulk containers. Seeds sold in this quantity are often salted and shelled and are used for snack purposes, such as fuelling the entire little league team through the playoff game.

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    Purchase sunflower seeds from bulk containers at the supermarket or a health food store. If you want to purchase a bulk product straight from the bins, sunflower seeds are popular and generally readily available. Look at the seeds first before you purchase them; if the shells are soft, chances are they have gone rancid. A shelled seed that is past its prime will have a slightly yellowish colour.

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    Browse for values online. There are a number of websites where you can purchase sunflower seeds online, but determine whether a company is reputable before handing over your credit card information.

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