- at dawn the sunflowers are facing towards the east. As the day progresses, they follow the sun’s path to the West. When the sun sets in the evening, sunflowers turn their heads toward the east again.
- this phenomenon is called heliotropism.
- sunflower seeds are very tasteful and they contain a lot of calcium plus 11 other important minerals.
- they were cultivated at least since 2,600 BC by the natives of Central and South America.
- to the Aztecs of Mexico and the Incas of Peru sunflowers were a symbol of the God Sun.
- today, it is cultivated all over the world for the production of seeds, oil, fuel and fiber.
- the uncooked seeds of the plant have many beneficial health properties: they calm the nervous system, while they help the proper functioning of the prostate, the digestive, the urinary and the reproductive system. They improve vision and are also very helpful in cough and colds.
- they contain 50% fat but it is mostly polyunsaturated linoleic acid.
- its seeds are raw material for biofuel production.
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