Black Oil Sunflower Seeds are in-shell sunflower seeds used for sprouting. They have a hearty, earthy flavour, and the tiny sunflower greens are an excellent addition to salads and sandwiches. Our black oil sunflower seeds are not tested for germination. Black Oil Sunflower Seeds Sunflowers originated in Mexico and Peru and were one of the first plants cultivated in America. With their crunchy texture and nutty flavour, sunflower seeds are a tasty, high protein snack. Black oil seeds are most commonly associated with bird seed. But they're also sprouting favourites; meatier and with a higher oil content than the striped sunflower seeds that are used to make hulled sunflower seeds. Sunflower seeds contain high levels of protein, health benefiting polyphenol antioxidant compounds, minerals and polyunsaturated linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid). They're an excellent source of vitamin E, dietary fiber, selenium, phosphorus, vitamin B1, vitamin B6 and folate. Research studies suggest that diets rich in healthy fats and essential fatty acids can help prevent heart disease and reduce inflammation in the body. Tasty Tips and Storage Sunflower seeds are the quintessential snack; delicious spiced and roasted or raw. Add them to trail mixes and nut mixtures. Use them in baking, sprinkled on salads or yogurt, or add them to bread.