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Avas Flowers -In business since 1977, Avas Flowers possesses a reputation as one of the nation’s leading florists.

Sunflowers – Presented By Avas Flowers

on October 23, 2013

The Sunflower (Helianthus annus) is a native annual plant to the Americas. It has a large flowering head and its name evolved from its shape and color. Sunflower seeds were introduced into Europe during the sixteenth century where they along with sunflower oil became widely used in cooking.

Sunflowers have a long history, it is generally believed that they were first domesticated around 5,000 years ago. They were used by many indigenous Americans, including the Aztecs and Incas as symbols of their sun gods.

Besides their use a decorative and beautiful flowers, sunflowers have many other commercial uses. Their seeds, roasted or raw, seasoned or unseasoned are sold as a healthy snack food. Their seeds can also be used to create sunflower butter. One of the main uses of the seeds however is in the production of sunflower oil which is widely used in cooking and even as an ingredient in bio-diesel. The cake left over from the processing of the seeds is even used for animal feed. Avas Flowers celebrates this beautiful and useful plant.

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