Although a native North American crop, much work has been done in eastern Europe and Russia to breed black oilseed sunflowers for an alternative to olive oil. Peredovik is a heavy cropper of small, plump, black seeds rich in oils- great for people interested in growing their own oilseeds or poultry/bird feed. It is also a gorgeous yellow sunflower, 4 to 5 feet tall sturdy plants with one single large head per plant. Approx. 50 seeds per packet.