The sunflower (Helianthus annuss L.) is a plant native to North America that owes much of its value to its extensive travels geographically, genetically and nutritionally. With the return of explorers from their adventures to the new world, sunflowers were carried back as specimen and curiosity. From this seed stock, selection and agronomic application in Europe and Western Asia has led to the progenitor of the modern oilseed sunflower we have today.
Sunflower oil: flower power in a jug
From a petfood perspective, the palatability of diets containing sunflower oil is well liked by dogs, but not as well received by cats