Taller Edible Cultivars Taller sunflower varieties are best for producing large quantities of good-sized seeds for snacking. “Mammoth Russian” grows 12 to 15 feet tall with 15-inch-wide flowers and thin-shelled plump meaty seeds. “Giganteus” flowers are a foot or more wide on plants at least 12 feet tall.Click to see full answer. Similarly, can you eat any kind of sunflower seeds?The sunflower seeds you eat are encased in inedible black-and-white striped shells, also called hulls. Those used for extracting sunflower oil have solid black shells. Sunflower seeds have a mild, nutty flavor and a firm but tender texture. They’re often roasted to enhance the flavor, though you can also buy them raw.Secondly, are black oil sunflower seeds edible for humans? Black Oil Sunflower Seeds. Black oil sunflower seeds are the most desired seed by wild birds. While the wild bird seed you purchase at the store may not be packaged for human consumption and may not be as clean as food that is packaged for humans you could wash the seeds and eat them. Subsequently, one may also ask, what kind of sunflower do I have? Tall and Tiny Sunflower Varieties Sunflower ‘Sunforest Mix’ If you have children, grow an almost-instant playhouse for them to enjoy. Sunflower ‘Elf’ Sunflower ‘Soraya’ Sunflower ‘American Giant’ ‘Pacino’ Sunflower. Sunflower ‘Zohar’ Sunflower ‘Baby Bear’ Sunflower ‘Elegance’ How do you harvest sunflower seeds to eat? Harvesting Sunflower Seeds Let the flower dry on or off the stem until the back of the head turns brown, the foliage turns yellow, the petals die down, and the seeds look plump and somewhat loose. With sharp scissors or pruners, cut the head off the plant (about 6 inches below the flower head).