Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sunflower Seeds

I love sunflower seeds. I have enjoyed eating them since I was a kid and I can shell them as fast as a cage of hungry parrots on crack. I feel bad for people who can't open them in their mouth and have to resort to prying open the shells with their fingers.

As much as I love sunflower seeds, I don't really care for them if they have already been shelled. That takes all the fun out of it. I have learned that life is a journey and not a destination. The same thing applies to sunflower seeds. There is just as much joy in the hunt when you are working and shelling them as there is in enjoying the fruit of your labors.

David Sunflower seeds have been my brand of choice. Stagi and Scriven used to make great jumbo seeds, but I haven't seen that brand around forever. Spitz have the best bags since they can be sealed after opening, but I don't like their flavor as much as others.

I know eating seeds can come across as a being a dirty process since it frequently involves spitting the shells out, but it could be worse. When I was young, I had a friend who would just spit out sunflower seed shells all over his room on the carpet. He would vacuum them up once a week and then do it all over again. I don't want to know what his bathroom habits must have been like.

I don't want to sound sexist, but I think sunflower seeds have the reputation of being a "guy food". They don't have a very lady-like image. I have never seen any photos of the queen of England sitting on the throne spitting shells into a big gulp cup. Anyway, if you are not a sunflower seed enthusiast, then I encourage you to give them a try some time. What's the worst that could happen? You could become addicted and eat an entire bag in one setting and end up with swollen salt bloated lips.


Kelly said...

What do you mean they are guy food? Why in my day I used to commute from my home to my college town in Colorado with a huge bag of David Sunflower Seeds to keep me awake. And I am every bit a lady.

I feel the same way about shell free seeds. Where's the fun in that? Now I've discovered pistachios are more worth my time than sunflower seeds. I've graduated I guess.

Kristina P. said...

My mom used to eat them all the time. There were cups full of gross, spit out shells, all over the house. Blech.

Tom said...

I'm so glad to hear there are women who love sunflower seeds, even if it does disprove my theory. Kelly- I love pistachios too, but you can't go crazy with them since the salt content is even higher that sunflower seeds(not quite as salty as pumpkin seeds which they must soak in brine)

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mCat said...

I LOVE sunflower seeds and often in the summer eat so many that I get sores on my tongue. Loving the Spitz different flavors. I'm thinking Dill sounds good right now.
And yes, it's not the most lady like habit, but it could be worse

Middle-aged Mormon Man said...

YES! It is the journey - not the destination.

Eric said...

I think there was at least one film where a guy eating sunflower seeds used some shells thrown on the ground to hear a bad guy sneaking up in a warehouse, so he wasn't ambushed.

There's always that.

Tom said...

Eric- I know what you are talking aout. In "For Your Eyes Only" a Greek importer teams up with James Bond. He was always eating pistachios and used that technique to hear their enemy.

KarenG said...

Hi! I'm visiting from the A to Z Challenge, getting a head start on finding some great new blogs. This post could have been written by my husband. He swears eating sunflower seeds in the shell is the best way to stay awake on a long road trip. The description of your friend cracks me up. At least he vacuumed once a week LOL.


Devlin said...

I used to eat the Stagi & Scriven seeds back in the 70's. They were acquired by Klein Brothers Wholesale, and now are marketed as Jumbo Sunflower Seeds. Check them out:

Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_happened_to_the_company_who_grew_and_packaged_sunflower_seeds_called_Stagi_and_Scriven_of_Lodi_Ca#ixzz26bI7jZV3