ISTANBUL: How to Shell a Sunflower Seed in less than a Second

A bag of sunflower seeds in Üsküdar
A bag of sunflower seeds in Üsküdar

“It’s simple,” Cansu says, taking a whole sunflower seed and placing it between her teeth. Two snaps later, the seed is in her mouth and she is discarding the empty shell.

“Can you do it again?”

She obliges, but you still can’t work out how it’s done.

“You hold it and bite down,” she explains. “The seed pops into your mouth.”

Her instructions aren’t clear enough and the whole thing shatters in your mouth. You pick out the shards of shell and mutter something about witchcraft.

“Don’t bite so hard.” She advises.

You try again, more gently this time, and somehow end up with the seed on your tongue and the empty shell between your fingers.

“Would you like another?”

“No thanks,” you say. You have dabbled in enough magic for one day.

It took a week and a half for anyone to notice that we were wearing matching shoes.
It took a week and a half for anyone to notice that we were wearing matching shoes.
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4 comments

  1. I like this story. A bag of sunflower seeds and a little patience and soon I will learn out to shell a sunflower seed in less than a second. HA! Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Hi if you go to romania. They sell sun flowers seeds with no salt… They are just wonderful and since there is no salt, you can eat the whole bag with no side effect to your tong 🙂 But they are not aware of the magic way to eat them… Trips are also good for such knowledge 🙂

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