Sunflowers flourishing on land near Malle, Indre-et-Loire region, France. Sunflower plants are cultivated in Sunflower farms for their seeds. Summer sunshine and clouds suggest a landscape of growth and healthy crops.
Refined Sunflower-seed oil is edible, sunflowers have 39 to 49% oil in the seed. Sunflower seed accounts for about 14% of the world production of seed oils (6.9 million metric tons in 1985-86) and about 7% of the oilcake and meal produced from oilseeds. Sunflower oil is generally considered a premium oil because of its light color, high level of unsaturated fatty acids and lack of linolenic acid, bland flavor and high smoke points.