Yesterday I was visiting my family back in New Jersey and celebrating yet another Jewish holiday, when my mother insisted I come witness, participate in -and blog about- the harvesting of sunflower seeds. I know “harvest” is a stretch of a word for something so easy, but still, the magnificent harvest moon really got me hooked on the word. I almost called this post a DIY, then I realized, please let us not be at the point in society where we think growing something and eating it is a DIY.
Anyway, all summer long we’ve been watching them grow, some of them to 8 or 9 feet tall by September their heads are heavy and bowed with seeds. My grandmother’s handyman was just cutting them down when I got there. He used his gardening glove to scrape off the flowered front of the sunflower, and we took it from there. Basically shucking the seeds by hand, they come out really easy into a tray. (Even Cookie helped, in fact, she was great at it!) You then wash the seeds- very carefully! There can be grubs, worms and caterpillars IN and ON the seeds. If or when you find an infested one, it’s really gross. Then rinse with lemon juice, cover in salt and bake on 350 for 15 minutes. Et voila! DIY sunflower seeds. Ha. I kid.
Happy October everyone! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Fall. LOVE.