A Garanim day at the Football

So it’s back to the football drawing boards for Israel’s World Cup aspirations- while they watch what might have been in South Africa.

Alex Sinclair takes us to the unique experience of being a spectator at an Israeli qualifier.  Makes you long for a small paper bag of garanim (sunflower seeds).

Where would Israel be without sunflower seeds – one pundit thinks the banning of Garanim spitting has been a plus in Israel. Oh Really!

For those who want to know more, the Sunflower magazine clarifies that: 

In-shell means the seed is left intact with the “meat” of the seed still in the shell. It is normally roasted and seasoned. It is eaten as a snack by cracking the shell with one’s teeth, discarding the hull and eating the delicious morsel within. ‘Chew and spit’ is a great American pastime, especially at baseball games and other outdoor events.

The magazine also provides the amazing fact that a sunflower grown in the Netherlands holds the record for being the tallest sunflower in the world. It measured 25 feet, 5.4 inches.  Source 2994 Guiness World Records.  A 25 foot sunflower – now that’s scary, like John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids 

Back to the Garanim, I’d say.

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