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What is the safflower seed? by Birdfeederist

There is a different kind of seeds which are used to attract the birds in the garden. Safflower is one of those seeds. Safflower is the most used seed to attract different birds in the garden—especially the cardinals, chickadees, and finches, etc. The main reason people use this seed mostly is that the many other unwanted audiences do not like it.

Moreover, the safflower seeds are the perfect source of nutrition and growing in popularity day by day. The safflower seed is most popular among the backyard birds. Let’s know something more about the safflower seed.

Safflower Seeds
Safflower Seeds

About safflower seeds

Safflower seeds are obtained from the annual safflower plant “Carthamus tinctorius.” These plants have three different color blooms, which include red, yellow, and orange. Safflower plants can be very attractive for any garden. It’s a perfect addition in the garden for those people who want groomed flowers in their gardens. Moreover, the seeds of this plant are beneficial for many birds. In many countries, the safflower plant is cultivated as a crop. These countries include the United States, Canada, India, Mexico, Ethiopia, China, Argentina, and Kazakhstan.

In many countries, the primary purpose of the safflowers is to get their oil. But in the recent past, many birders find the safflower seeds very useful for the birds. Safflower is usually like the sunflower seeds in shape, but their size is a little smaller than the sunflower seeds. They are white as compared to sunflower black color seeds. These white color seeds are full of protein, fat, and fiber.

Different birds that eat safflower seeds

Safflower is a very common seed for the birds. This is due to its unique features, as discussed above as well. Some birds are regularly fed with the safflower seeds. These birds include the chickadees, grosbeaks, blue jays, cardinals, woodpeckers, finches, indigos, doves, tufted titmice, and purple finches. These birds mostly like the safflower seeds. Other species of the birds are also eating these seeds if available in the feeder.

But the taste of the safflower seeds is a little bitter as compared to other seeds. So many wild birds don’t like these seeds and leave behind in the feeder. So these seeds can also be used to keep away the wild birds. Moreover, squirrels also don’t like the safflower seeds and don’t disturb the safflower seeds feeder.

Nutrition content

The safflower seeds contain protein, fat, and carbohydrates, which are very beneficial for the birds to maintain their healthy lifestyle. It’s a perfect supply of fat and proteins, which is necessary for the birds required energy and nutrition. Safflower seeds contain 38% fat, 16% protein, and 34% carbohydrates. This concentration of nutrition is suitable for any bird species.

Feeding safflower seeds             

The feeding of the safflower seeds is also very important depending upon the birds you want to feed. Usually, these seeds are used for the little larger birds which need perches to easily enjoy the seeds from the feeder. So the best feeders to provide the safflower to the birds can be larger hopper, tube, or platform feeders. You can also use any other feeder as well, which can accommodate the safflower seeds. You can also use a sunflower bird seeds feeder for this purpose. Sometimes you can also spread these seeds on the ground to provide an excellent source to the ground feeding birds. These birds can include the doves and quails.

Sometimes the safflower seeds are a little bit different and new for the birds. So they take some time to get familiar with them. You can use the safflower seeds with some other type of seeds for getting familiar with the birds with this seed. So you can use the safflower seeds in the bird’s seeds mixtures. This can be an excellent way to feed the safflower seed to the birds.

Where to buy safflower seeds?

Maybe you can’t find the safflower seeds on the general stores like grocery stores and other large retailers. But some pet and wild animal’s bird food stores have the stock of safflower seeds. You can also find a large variety of seeds on the online stores as well with the significant budget offers. Maybe you can’t find the pure safflower seeds only. But there is a different kind of food blends are available which contain the safflower seeds. You can especially found the safflower seeds in cardinal blend mixes. Usually, the high-quality combinations of the bird foods contain more amount of safflower seeds as compared to lower quality blends.

You can also grow the safflower plant in your garden and allow the seeds to get ready for the birds. This can be the perfect natural way of getting the safflower seeds. You need to plant the safflower in a sunny area with minimal usage of the water. This is an annual flowering plant, but the spreading seeds can grow the plants in next year as well.

Health benefits of safflower seeds

Safflower seeds are very beneficial for the birds, as we see from all the above discussion. But it also has many health benefits for humans as well. These health benefits include the following.

  • Safflower seeds oil is a perfect source of healthy fatty acids. These fats are good for hormone regulation and memory.
  • The safflower seeds are useful to control the sugar level in the blood. So these seeds perfect for the treatment of diabetes.
  • These seeds also helpful for the excellent health of the heart and lower the cholesterol level.
  • The safflower seeds oil has excellent anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Safflower seeds are suitable for the perfect and smooth skin. The oil of these seeds contains vitamin E, which is good for skin health.

Conclusion

From all the above discussion, we can conclude that the safflower seeds are somehow different from the other seeds due to their unique properties. These properties include their bitter taste and repellent for many unwanted audiences. This seed mainly consists of fat, proteins, and carbohydrates. It’s also very beneficial for human health as well.

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