Tuesday, February 21, 2012
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.