Wednesday, March 20, 2013

How to Eat a Sunflower Seed

Matters of etiquette and practicality converge when it comes to consuming comestibles. There is a proper way to eat a sunflower seed, no question about it. Here is a demonstration by an acknowledged expert. Note that one's beak must be opened sufficiently to allow a vertical positioning of the width of the shell.

A crosswise angle allows full use of the sharp cutting edges.

Do not allow yourself to be distracted from the task at hand, even when you think you are being watched.

As the shell begins to open, you must deftly reposition it to get at the delicacies inside without dropping any.

Be alert for edges and stray bits that can get caught in your "beard".

Form counts, but only to the extent that it helps efficiency.

Pretty good job. You've earned this portion of your meal.

And we're finally just about done. Note the neat and evenly sized pieces that will slide smoothly down the gullet.

Other foodstuffs may call for slight variations in technique. :)



  1. I wouldn't worry about "stray bits ~ caught in your beard". They can simply be used for an afternoon snack. : )

    1. Ha! I'll have to keep that in mind should I ever get any food caught in my own beard. Not that that would ever happen, no.

  2. Great story telling, Jess, with such good prose as well as photos!


    1. Thanks Ken, just trying to put a little imagination - and even silliness - into the story. I think it may help me with how I see things and create images.


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