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Sunflower seeds are native to North America and were first domesticated by Native Americans 2,000 to 3,000 years ago. They were a staple food in the Native’s diet before corn, squash and beans.
Sunflower seeds are very fragile! If stored in the refrigerator, they will keep for 8 months.
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For the Indians, the sunflower was used for more than just a source of food. They extracted the plant dye and it was used to stain clothing and basketry, and for painting the body. The rod was used as a dry building material. The entire plant, including its seeds, was widely used in their rituals and ceremonies.