“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.”
St. Francis of Assisi
Like a single sunbeam on a warm day, there is exuberance and brilliance in the sunflower. Its botanical name is Helianthus – helios (the sun) and anthos (flower). Sunflower seeds, at 163 calories an ounce, are dried before eating and add a nutty sweetness to recipes. Richer in vitamin E than any other food, studies show that vitamin E curbs the risk of heart disease, some cancers, cataracts, and may even prevent angina and muscle damage.
Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh painted bold and distinctive sunflowers because he felt they symbolized gratitude–to his brother Theo for support, the artist Gauguin for friendship, and the sun for light and warmth. “Yellow,” he said, “is capable of charming God.”