Sunflower Oil History

Sunflowers are a native North American plant and it is believed that sunflowers were the first domesticated crop by Native Americans, even  before corn. The Sunflower seed was an important part of the diet and the seed was squeezed for the oil to be used in making bread

So why is sunflower oil better known in Eastern Europe than in Canada?

In the 1500’s early Spanish explorers took this native exotic plant to Europe as an ornamental flower. In the 1800’s the medicinal and culinary uses of sunflower oil became known. Sunflower oil began to be commercially produced by 1830 in Russia. Sunflower oil was and is widely used in Russia, Ukraine and other Eastern European countries.

From Russia the sunflower came to Canada. As the sunflower was in important crop in Russia, the Russian immigrants to Canada brought it with them back to North America. The first sunflower crushing plant was apparently built in 1946. The sunflower oil story has continued from there. References and more Info.

However, not all sunflower oils are the same. There are many different varieties of sunflower oil seeds and there are different ways of processing the seeds to obtain the oil. These different variations result in very different oils.

Ostro Organics Sunflower Oil starts with an organic sunflower seed which is grown using organic farming methods. No herbicide or pesticides are used. The resulting crop is dried on the field and stored until ready to be pressed. The seeds are extra cold pressed. This means that the seeds are slowly squeezed without added heat until the oil is slowly released. The only heat used is from friction as the seeds are slowly squeezed together. The temperature is monitored to ensure the highest quality oil. We let the freshly pressed oil settle so that the fine particles of the sunflower seeds float to the bottom. We avoid any sort of mechanical filtration and do not remove the nutritious particles. The highly nutritious oil sludge is used in our vegan sunflower butter. Adding flavour and nutrients.