Sunflower seeds are packed with vitamins, including vitamin B1 and B5, vitamin E and folate. And they also provide a healthy dose of copper, magnesium, selenium and phosphorous–important minerals. Sunflowers grow throughout the year, and each sunflower consists of about 1000 to 2000 seeds and takes about 3 months to mature.
The flower itself, at the bud stage, exhibit a unique trait called heliotropism — the bud of the sunflower faces the sun at all times throughout the day, starting the day facing east, and ending it facing west.
I took the amazing health benefits of sunflower seeds and paired them with sesame seeds, creating a cracker that not only tastes great but it packed with some pretty amazing ingredients that will make you feel good. Sesame seeds are a great source of calcium, zinc and several other vitamins and minerals. Just like the sunflower they also are a good source of copper, a mineral known to aid in pain relief from rheumatoid arthritis.
Sesame seeds may help reduce swelling and have additional anti-inflammatory benefits as well. A fun fact about these plants is that as the white or purple flowers mature into pods, containing edible seeds. when they ripen – they go pop – and scatter to the four winds. For this reason, most sesame seeds are harvested before they ripen.
These crackers have a subtle nutty flavor to them and are perfectly sturdy to pair with any nut cheese that is up for the challenge.