The sunflower is an annual plant native to the Americas in th efamily Asteracceae. What is usually called the flower is actually a head of numerous flowers crowded together. The outer flowers are the ray florets and can be yellow, maroon, orange, or other colors, and are sterile.
Sunflower "whole seed" (fruit) are sold as a snack food after roasting within heated ovens.
Sunflower oil, extracted from the seeds, is used for cooking, and as a carrier oil which is rich in fatty acids, emollients, and beneficial nutrients.
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