Sunflower seeds are a popular snack and a staple in baseball dugouts, but there’s more to eat on the sunflower than just the seeds. The entire flower is edible and, with the right preparation, different parts of the sunflower can be used in a variety of dishes.
Sunflower petals can be eaten either dried or directly plucked from the flower. It is also possible to steam sunflower buds similar to how one would prepare to eat an artichoke. Additionally, when sunflower seedlings are less than 6 inches tall, they can be used on top of salads.
Regardless of how you choose to prepare and eat sunflowers, it is important to only eat home grown sunflowers, or those from a garden that has not used any pesticides or herbicides on the flowers.