Sunflower Seed Orgeat

Claire Sprouse, Hunky Dory | Brooklyn, NY

“I like sunflower seeds for a lot of reasons,” says Claire Sprouse: they’re drought-resistant, have deep root systems that reach untapped nutrients in lower soils, they gobble up excess nitrogen in the soil, the market is GMO free, they’re relatively low-carbon intensity to harvest and process, and the flowers can be used to feed animals or as a fertilizer for other crops. Plus, she adds, “they are delicious!”


Yield: 1 quart

  • 400 grams hot water
  • 400 grams sugar
  • 200 grams sunflower seeds, unsalted and roasted

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Strain through a chinois.