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Available shelled or unshelled, raw or roasted, sunflower seeds turn rancid quickly. Avoid shelled seeds that appear yellowish in color.


The Helianthus genus to which the sunflower belongs contains over 100 species, but only two varieties are generally used for human consumption: the small Russian variety, which is used mostly to produce oil, and the large non-oily North American variety, which is used as a food.

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