Category: Flax Seed Nutrition

How To Grow Flax

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Starting Flax from Seed

We have had several questions as to whether our flax seed can be planted. This flax seed is an annual. The germination for our flaxseed is 85%.  Which means 85 out of every 100 seeds will grow.  If purchasing to plant, always purchase that for human consumption so there are very few weed seeds.

Flax can be started indoors, and then transplanted out later or just sown directly into the garden. If you have a short growing season, you may want to start your seeds inside so your plants can mature and go to seed before the frost.  In small peat pots, plant seeds 5 weeks before your expected last frost date. Keep them in a sunny place and water often enough that the soil does not dry out. They take a while to germinate, so be patient.

Transplanting

Dig your soil well. Flax thrives on organic-rich soils so add in a good helping of aged manure or compost. Flax grows to 2-3 feet tall.  The plants are very thin allowing weeds to overtake quite easily.  Try to plant on fairly weed free ground.

Seeds can be sown out early in the spring, and covered in just a thin layer of soil. If doing a larger area you may broadcast by throwing handfuls out and letting it land where it may.  Then lightly rake to cover.

If you are putting out started seedlings from indoors, its best to wait until the frost has passed.

Growing Instructions

You will want to water fairly frequently, though not overly heavily. Flax does best in moist but not soggy soils. Good drainage is important.

Harvest and Storage

Your seeds are ready to harvest when the large seed pods are yellow and starting to split open.

Cut the pods from the plants, and spread them out somewhere where they can dry further (not out in direct sunlight). Once the seeds are dead ripe and cannot be dented with a fingernail, you just have to separate them from their seed pods. For a small harvest, you can manually pop open each pod and take out the 4 to 6 small seeds inside.

If you have more flax to deal with, you can crush all the seed pods at once (also called threshing), by whatever means you wish. You can put them in a bag or pillowcase, and beat them against a railing or a chair, or even crush them underfoot.

Then you can use a fan or the wind to help sort the seeds from the debris. This step is called winnowing. Use a couple of containers, or even do it over a large sheet. Just pour handfuls of the debris from several feet up, and let the wind blow out the lighter pieces of leaves and seed pod. The heavier seeds will fall straight down.

As long as the seeds are completely dry, you can store them in any tight container for 2 years at room temperature. It can also be stored in the refrigerator.

For an expected harvest yield, a quarter acre of flax will provide you with at least a bushel of seed.


CategoriesFlax Seed Nutrition

How To Store Flax Seed

Friday, November 9, 2012

How to Store Flax Seed

The directions for storing flaxseed from us may vary from other sources.  We allow for the longest expiration date as the greatest of care is taken to send you the freshest flax seed possible.  

Our flaxseed is cold-milled which does not heat up the flaxseed when grinding.  We also frequently grind the flaxseed so when it arrives at your house it has not been sitting on a shelf for months.  With your proper care, your ground flax seed should stay fresh for one year.

When stored properly the flax seed will maintain a mild, nutty flavor.  As it gets older the flaxseed may take on a bitter aftertaste.

Whole Flax Seed
Whole flaxseed has a shelf life of two years.  It should be stored in a cool area.  It can be refrigerated or frozen if purchased in a large quantity and wanting to store it for an extended period of time.  Customers purchasing the 25 lb. bags have repackaged the flax seed into ziplock bags and stored them in the freezer, taking them out as needed.

 Ground Flax Seed
My favorite way to keep my flaxseed the freshest is to keep a small jar on the table ready for me to use in cooking or on cereal or sandwiches.  (Even though I promote and deal with flax seed on a daily basis, if it is not in front of me I forget to use it.)  The rest of the flaxseed I put into an opaque container and seal tight.  It is best to remove as much air as you can from the container. The two main factors for destroying ground flax seed is oxygen and light.  Keeping it sealed tight in an opaque container will ensure lasting freshness.   You may close the bag the flax seed is received in by pushing out as much air as possible and sealing as you chose.  This flax seed may then be put into either the refrigerator or freezer.  The flaxseed should stay fresh for a year. 

 Enjoy some of freshest flax seed around today.


CategoriesFlax Seed Nutrition

Flax Seed: Omega-3 Supplement

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Flaxseed: Omega-3 Supplement

The omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are known as essential fatty acids.  They are called essential because they are “essential for life”.  They cannot be produced by the body, so you must consume them  in your diet to obtain them.  These fatty acids maintain the structure of cell membranes, necessary for the regulation of nutrients passing in and out of your cells.  They also enable the transport and metabolism of cholesterol in the body.

Flax seed is one of the best plant sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. The oil from the seed is low in saturated fat, has a moderate amount of monounsaturated fat, and is high in polyunsaturated fat. Saturated fat – 9%

Monounsaturated fat – 18%

Polyunsaturated fat – 73%   Of the polyunsaturated fats 57% is omega-3 and 16% is omega-6.

 

There has been much discussion about the importance on the omega-3 to omega-6 ratio.  Today’s elevated omega-6:omega-3 ratio is partly attributed to the vegetable oils currently available and consumed that are high in the omega-6.  Some researchers believe that too much of one can interfere with the other.  Flaxseed can significantly help with this ratio due to its high omega-3 content.

 

Flax seed is very readily available and a sustainable product.  It is great for those on a strict vegetarian diet that does not allow the consumption of fish.

 

Supplement your diet today with flax seed and benefit from its high omega -3 and fiber content.


CategoriesFlax Seed Nutrition

When do you harvest flax seed?

Friday, July 27, 2012
Flax seed bollsFALL IS PRIME TIME FOR HARVESTING FLAXSEED

As you can see in the picture, the flax is ready to harvest.  The flax seeds are found in the bolls on the plant.  We are beginning to swathe our flax today.  This is a little early as it is normally done in August.  Everything is early this year because of the warm spring.  Field work was done ahead of schedule this spring, which also makes harvesting ahead of schedule.

After the flax lays in a windrow for a couple of days to allow the weeds to dry out, we will begin to combine it. Flax is usually a fairly weedy field for us as we use no chemicals on it. We will store the flax seed until we are ready to clean it this winter.

Trivia:  Each boll contains 8 - 10 seeds.



CategoriesFlax Seed Nutrition

Flax Seed Facts; How much should I use?

Thursday, July 19, 2012
One tablespoon of ground flax seed per day is recommeded to get the recommended allowance of ALA.  If you are using flaxseed because of a medical condition, such as high cholesterol or blood pressure, then 2-4 tablespoons is recommended. Try taking 2 tablepoons twice a day, especially before meals or bedtime.  The fiber will help you feel full.   Most importantly, start slowly with 1/2 tablespoon and gradually increase the amount to avoid intestinal upset. 
Ground flax seed is easy and ready to use.

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How Many Carbs Are In Flax Seed

Monday, June 25, 2012
How Many Carbs Are In Flax Seed?

Nutrition Facts for 1 tablespoon of Ground Flax Seed
Calories - 37
Total Fat - 3 g
Saturated Fat - 0.25 g
Total Carbohydrate - 2 g
Fiber - 2 g
Protein - 1 g

In one tablespoon of ground flaxseed, there are 2 grams of total carbohydrates.  There are also 2 grams of fiber. Since the total carbs are equal to the fiber, the result for net carbs is zero.

Use flax seed as a substitute in your baked goods to lower the carb count in them. Click here to learn how.
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Which is better, brown or golden flax seed?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Which is better for you, Brown or Golden Flax Seed?

Nutritionally the brown and golden flax seed are equal.  The difference comes in the taste.  The brown flax seed has a stronger nuttier taste while the golden flaxseed is milder.  If baking with flax seed, the golden keeps the product color close to the original recipe whereas the brown flaxseed will produce a much darker product.

Did you know our flax seed is tested to make sure it meets the nutritional standards on the label?
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