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How we fell in love with sunflower seeds - a cultural history of sunflower seeds

As we all know,seeds that whether in the domestic or foreign people are certainly not unfamiliar, variety is also various, like sunflower seeds, watermelon seeds, pumpkin seeds are most stand out.So how much do people know about these beings that are so relevant to our lives?

Chinese people like eating sunflower seeds. We don't know when exactly it started. It may have originated in the Yuan Dynasty, but the custom of eating sunflower seeds was very popular in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and became more and more popular in the Republic of China.Chinese people are good at food and like to eat sunflower seeds, which may be originated from the concept of frugality, and then gradually developed into the level of food culture.It is usually in the free time, especially when the family members get together, and everyone is eating and chatting.


Sunflower seeds


In the Qing Dynasty, sunflowers were still mainly used as ornamental plants. Although sunflower seeds began to be planted, which represented the popularity of sunflower seeds, there were not many records about the consumption and sale of sunflower seeds.Later because of delicious or because of tasting good, because of the convenience of receiving goods, the taste of many latecomers in the top, become the main leisure snacks of Chinese people.


Pumpkin Seeds


Pumpkin seeds are popular earlier than sunflower seeds.The earliest record is in "Plant Names Real Map Examination". Since the late Qing Dynasty, there are more records about pumpkin seeds being edible.


Such as "Xingyi Mansion Annals", "Shanghai County Annals", etc.People in the market buy fried dry food, all the year round the market in the tea house, people bid on it.This shows the popularity of pumpkin seeds.


Watermelon seeds


Watermelon seeds were used earlier and more widely in China,especially in the northern provinces with a considerable number of records.In short, in the Ming and Qing dynasties, no other melon seeds can shake the status of watermelon seeds.


During the Republic of China, A people named Qi Rushan mentioned that people all love to eat, so the dry fructose shop is not prepared.

The banquet is inseparable from it, the guests have not yet arrived, prepare the first melon seeds.Because of its low price and slow to eat, both rich and poor are eating, so no time to eat more.


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