If you are wondering what one does when vacationing in the Lebanese mountains, this is one activity; plucking seeds from sunflowers and eating them raw with a six-year old niece who is just as eager as I to partake in the fun.
I was trying to show Marie (said niece) how to extract the seed by gnawing on their black shell with one’s front two teeth; her response was: “but look, Tante Joumana, I lost my two front teeth!”, with a bin grin to show me that indeed they were gone. Well, Marie, being a resourceful child, said: “No problem, I will use my side teeth!”.
Crunch, crunch, crunch.
Just wait a bit for your sunflowers to be ripe to get their seeds picked.
Did you know the sunflower seeds contain 52% of iron? (per 100 g.) and 230% of Vitamin E? (Wikipedia)
A great recipe for roasted (and salted) sunflower seeds is found here.