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It’s big. It’s yellow. It can do neat stuff. It makes you smile. No, I’m not talking about Big Bird, although he is pretty cool. I’m talking about the sunflower.
What is the big, stinking deal with the sunflower? Lots. Physically it’s far more complex than it appears. What we normally consider the flower is actually a bunch of flowers crowded together. The outer flowers are traditionally yellow or orange. The flowers inside of that mature into what we call sunflower seeds, but in actuality, they are a fruit of the plant. The real seed is incased in an inedible shell.

Sunflowers are big, and round, and typically a shade of yellow. Can you figure out why it’s called a sunflower? In addition, it has this neat knack of turning to follow the sun. Can you guess why it’s most frequently considered a symbol for the sun? The sunflower was an attribute of Mithras, or at least some people think that’s the case. Mithras has a tricky and piecemeal history, that’s what happens when your followers worship you in secret.

In China, the sunflower is considered a magical flower. Its seeds are said to promote longevity. Since I want all of my readers to be around for a long time to enjoy The Magical Buffet, here:

Sunflower Seed Cookies

2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp butter
1 cup shortening
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1 cup coconut
1 cup roasted sunflower seeds

Cream first six ingredients. Stir in remaining ingredients. Roll into balls and flatten onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.

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