Sunflower kernels

Sunflower kernel, aromatic and nutritious, is a low-cost effective way to improve taste, texture and decorate impressive variety of pastries, bakery and confectionery products.


  • Color: gray-white to light gray
  • Broken kernels: less than 8% (smaller than 1/2 seed)
  • Broken kernels: maximum 5% broken (larger than 1/2 seed)
  • Humidity: up to 10%
  • Purity: min. 99,97%
  • correspond to EU and Bulgarian law norms Microbiological indexes: up to the requirements for sale in the European Union.

About Sunflower Seeds and Kernels  It is increasingly used by food manufacturers. Sunflower kernel does not require processing, such as cutting, and is not a major allergen. For the consumer it is an important source of protein, fibres, fats, minerals and vitamins. With subtle flavour, crunchy sunflower seeds bring differentiation in a variety of flavour compositions.

Sunflower seeds are an American original. Called either confection or non-oil, seeds are a delicious and nutritious snack or addition to your favorite food.

It is a native species to North America and was used by American Indians for an important, high-energy food source. Spanish explorers carried it with them to Europe. Russian agronomists were responsible for the first agricultural hybrids. These returned to the United States with Russian and German immigrants.

Seeds, kernel, what is the difference?
The answer, there isn’t a difference.

Kernel means the processor has mechanically removed the hull. The resulting kernel is now in a convenient form to be sold raw or roasted for snacking or as an ingredient.

Sunflower kernel, flavorful and nutritious, is a cost-efficient way to add taste, texture and eye appeal to a variety of baked goods and snack food selections. For the food manufacturer, kernels require no prep, such as chopping, are shelf-stable, and are not a major allergen. For the consumer, they are an important source of protein, fiber, lipids, minerals and vitamins. With its subtle nutty flavor, the crisp, crunchy sunflower kernel brings distinction to any formulation. 

In-shell means the seed is left intact with the “meat” of the seed still in the shell. It is normally roasted and seasoned. It is eaten as a snack by cracking the shell with one’s teeth, discarding the hull and eating the delicious morsel within.

Roasted and salted, in-shell sunflower seeds are increasingly popular as a nutritious, convenient snacking choice around the world. They are high in protein, naturally low in carbohydrates and are the best whole-grain source of Vitamin E available.  Large in size and large in taste, in-shell sunflower seeds can be flavored to give consumers even greater choices.

Confection/Non-oil Sunflower Characteristics

Confection sunflower seeds are normally black with white stripes and approximately five eighths of an inch long. The heavy hull accounts for approximately half the weight of the seed and is loosely fixed to the kernel inside. Seed size is primarily affected by plant genetics, but also to planting density and weather.

Sunflower seeds are graded according to size and separated into groups. The largest size will go into the in-shell market. The medium-sized seeds are usually hulled for the kernel market. The smallest size will go into the bird and pet feeding market.

Confection Kernel Nutrient Composition

Sunflower kernels have a healthy image among consumers. The healthy image is well deserved. A good source of several key nutrients such as dietary fiber, vitamin E, folate and zinc, sunflower kernels add nutrition as well as a pleasant nutty crunch to food products.

Raw Confection Sunflower Kernel
Nutrient Composition
per 1 oz. (28.35 grams)
Calories 160
Calories from fat 129
Total Fat 14 g
Saturated fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated fat 9 g
Monounsaturated fat 3 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium <2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 5 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Sugars 1 g
Protein 6 g
Vitamin A <3 IU
Vitamin C < 0.2 mg
Calcium 33 mg
Iron 1.9 mg
Vitamin E 11.34 mg
Thiamin 0.65 mg
Riboflavin 0.07 mg
Niacin 1.3 mg
Folate 64.5 mcg
Magnesium 104 mg
Zink 1.4
Copper 0.4 mg


Oil Roasted, Salted Confection Sunflower Kernel
Nutrient Composition per 1 oz. (28.35 grams)
Nutrient %DV (2)
Calories 168
Protein (grams) 6 12%
Fat (grams) 14.5 24%
Saturated fat (grams) 2 10%
Monounsaturated fat (grams) 2.3
Polyunsaturated fat (grams) 9.7
Carbohydrate (grams) 6.5 2.1%
Fiber (grams) 3 12%
Calcium (milligrams) 25 2.3%
Iron (milligrams) 1.2 6.4%
Magnesium (milligrams) 36 9%
Phosphorus (milligrams) 323 32%
Potassium (milligrams) 137 4%
Sodium (milligrams) 116 4.7%
Zinc (milligrams) 1.5 10%
Copper (milligrams) 0.5 25%
Manganese (milligrams) 0.59 (3)
Selenium (milligrams) 22 31%
Vitamin C (milligrams) 0.3 0.5%
Thiamin (milligrams) 0.091 6%
Riboflavin (milligrams) 0.079 5%
Niacin (milligrams) 1.171 6%
Pantothenic Acid (milligrams) 1.968 20%
Vitamin B6 (milligrams) 0.225 11%
Folate (micrograms) 66 17%
Vitamin B12 (micrograms) 0 0%
Vitamin A (IU) 3 0%
Vitamin E (mg_ATE) 11.3 84% (4)
(1) USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 17 (2004). Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page,
(2) Current Daily Values based on 1989 RDAs.
(3) Provides 30% of RDI for manganese.
(4) Sunflower seeds provide 69% of RDA for Vitamin E (NAS, 2000).

Facts About Vitamin E

Sunflower seeds are the best whole food source of vitamin E, an antioxidant important to health, according to the USDA Nutrient Database. One ounce of oil-roasted sunflower seeds provides a whopping 76% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance for vitamin E.

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