As I have so many sunflowers this year, and many with several buds on them, I've decided to try this:
Here we go. I go outside to my biggest and tallest sunflower, the one with the most buds and cut two from the top.
Now I have two nice sized buds (about 2" in diameter) to experiment with:
Off to the kitchen we go. I pull out my trusty little steamer and steam them like I would artichokes (after I rinsed them off really well. I do not use pesticides, so there was no problem with that.)
I left on some leaves and stems just in case I wanted to try them too.
As the buds began to cook, it started to smell really good, indeed like artichokes, a nice buttery-earthy aroma. My taste buds were anticipating something tasty! Not sure how long I steamed them, but I'd say about 7 minutes, but they seemed tender when poked with a knife. I dished them out onto a plate:
I'm cutting the first one in quarters and lift the fork to my mouth:
It kind of looked and smelled like an artichoke
and it tasted....TERRIBLE!
(Pfui-spit-spit!) What was I thinking? It tasted bitter and green, like I'd imagine green bugs would taste like. So, I removed the outer leaves thinking the inside would be better, but not so, very bitter - nothing sweet about it at all. Yuk!
I think I'll stick with sunflower seeds and sprouts!
If there's anyone out there having had a pleasant experience with sunflower buds, let me know. Maybe I did something wrong or used the wrong variety, but I won't be trying this again!