A single sunflower is capable of producing hundreds of little seeds which are in turn enjoyed by humans, birds and other small animals. If you grow your own sunflowers and want to collect the seeds, you must harvest them at the right time with the proper technique to ensure they have the best taste and nutrients. Sunflower seeds are easy to collect regardless of your gardening experience.
Pay attention to the color on the back of the sunflower head. Once the color starts to turn from green to yellow, cut the flower head off with pruning shears.
Store the flower head in a dry, ventilated area until the back of the head turns from yellow to brown. The seeds will mature and develop more flavor during this time.
Rub the palm of your hand against the seeds to remove them. All of the seeds should come out with minimal effort.
Store the seeds in a cloth bag. Keep the seeds in a well-ventilated area.