The sunflower seed is the fruit of the sunflower. The term “sunflower seed” is actually a misnomer when applied to the seed in its pericarp. Botanically speaking, it is a cypsela.
Sunflower seeds — great at the ballpark, helpful during a long drive, and a native plant to North America that has become a staple to cultures worldwide. Despite their small size, sunflower seeds are a dense source of vitamins and minerals and essential oils. Not only are they a great snack, sunflower seeds offer several extraordinary health benefits.