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Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) is a large annual forb of the genus Helianthus grown as a crop for its edible oil and edible fruits. This sunflower species is also used as wild bird food, as livestock forage (as a meal or a silage plant), in some industrial applications, and as an ornamental in domestic gardens.

During the 18th century, the use of sunflower oil became very popular in Europe, particularly with members of the Russian Orthodox Church because sunflower oil was one of the few oils that was not prohibited during Lent.

Sunflower oil, extracted from the seeds, is used for cooking, as a carrier oil and to produce margarine and biodiesel, as it is cheaper than olive oil.

Sunflower oil is commonly used in food as a frying oil, and in cosmetic formulations as an emollient. In cosmetics, it has smoothing properties and is considered noncomedogenic.

Sunflower oil is high in the essential vitamin E and low in saturated fat. The oil content of the seed ranges from 22% to 36% (average, 28%): the kernel contains 45–55% oil.

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