Who cracks sunflower seeds Why

Crack the roasted sunflower seeds

There are numerous plants that grow outdoors in Germany and that contain edible parts of the plant. I don't just mean typical fruit and vegetables that are grown for this purpose alone. In theory, you can also eat other things, such as lilac blossoms or locust blossoms. Some of the kernels of flowers can also be eaten, for example sunflower seeds.

I was amazed to discover a while ago that some people don't even know that you can eat sunflower seeds. And many would not even know where exactly you can harvest the kernels from the sunflower. But that may also be due to the urban environment. Fortunately, not all city dwellers are like that, for example I'm also a city dweller in that way, but some here really act as if they think cherries come from the supermarket, hazelnuts from the bag and cows are purple. Fortunately, I had a more natural upbringing. And I can still remember very well that together with my parents I harvested sunflower seeds from the sunflowers that we had on our balcony. We then cracked them and ate them.

In the meantime we don't have a balcony that can be used for sunflowers. The balcony is just too narrow, so that no real pot would fit there, at least not one big enough for a sunflower. A narrow, elongated pot could only be hung on the balustrade of the balcony, where there might be space for violets or student flowers, but it's just too small for a tall sunflower. And the boxes would not be particularly sheltered from the wind, so that a long sunflower would certainly snap off quickly.

Now I would like to eat sunflower seeds again. I don't have any friends who could grow sunflowers either. And I don't know a farmer with sunflower fields in Berlin either. Fortunately, you can now buy pre-packaged sunflower seeds in the supermarket. However, not in the raw state, but those that have already been roasted. They are still sold with wrapping, i.e. with this gray-black-ivory-colored sleeve in which the edible, light beige core is located.

Is it still that easy to crack the roasted kernels? In the raw state, the shell has a certain amount of moisture and is soft, so you can easily open the sleeves with your fingernails. After roasting, on the other hand, the whole thing should have hardened due to the moisture removal. How do you crack these cores then correctly? Can you do it by hand or do you need some kind of aid? Or do you just eat the pod when roasted? However, pistachios are roasted with their shell, for example, and also sold with their shell, and you still have to crack them yourself before eating. However, this also works well because the roasting cracks the shell. The sunflower seeds, on the other hand, looked completely intact, with no point of attack to break open, provided that they could be seen through the plastic packaging.