Sunflower Petals – Edible or Poisonous?
Many pages on the web say that sunflower petals are poisonous and are not edible. Even a book in print states this. [The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods]
Well, I ate some sunflower petals and I still feel good and I’m alive, so what’s up?
DANGER! Maybe sunflower petals are poisonous, so rely on your own research before ingesting. Some people may be allergic to the pollen.
On Jun-18, I ate two petals. On Jun-19, I ate eight more. I ate them raw, without cooking. As of Jun-20, I still feel great with no symptoms of any poisoning.
The yellow color of the petals is most likely due to it containing Chlorogenic Acid, which is naturally a yellow to orange color and gives many other plants their yellow/orange color. [ source ] And Chlorogenic Acid is shown by science to be very beneficial.
Sunflowers have the scientific name: Helianthus annuus.
One study showed that sunflower petals contain a compound with anti-inflammatory activity. This is a good thing. [ study performed by the College of Science and Technology, Nihon University, in Japan]
Chlorogenic Acid is an antioxidant.
“The Mayans prepared a love potion from sunflower petals that they avidly drank as an aphrodisiac.” [ source ]
Other benefits of Clorogenic Acid
Protects the liver. [ source ]
prevention of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus [ study ] and cardiovascular disease.
Other foods that contain Chlorogenic Acid
apples – fresh apples have much higher concentrations than apple juice. [ source ]
artichoke, in the same Compositae family as sunflowers. [ source ]
cumin [ source ]
grapes [ source ]
potatoes [ source ]
The following video shows a cook getting fancy preparing a sunflower head and says the petals are like candy.
If I ever cooked a sunflower, I would probably keep it basic and save a lot of time. The way he cooks looks overwhelming, but he is illustrating my idea that sunflower petals are edible. So why do so many others say the petals are poisonous? What exactly is the poison that so many people are afraid of? It might be misinformation.