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How to Grow Flax for Seeds and Fiber

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  • Flax can be grown for a nutritional seed harvest, and its fiber is used in the making of linen. Its history of use spans over 10,000 years
  • Flax can be grown in most parts of the U.S. Select a plot that gets plenty of sun with fertile, well-draining soil. It grows best in cooler weather, so early spring is an ideal time to start your planting
  • While flax provides you with more than one harvest opportunity, you will need to decide whether you’re going to harvest seeds or the fiber, as the highest quality fiber is obtained before the seeds form
  • Flaxseed is one of the best sources of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), a plant-based omega-3 fat
  • Flax also contains a diverse mixture of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins E, K, C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and iron

Flax (Linum usitatissimum) is among the most ancient of superfoods, with a history of use spanning over 10,000 years. Remains of flaxseed have been found in Stone Age dwellings in Switzerland, and in Egypt, where the ancient Egyptians used it in the manufacture of linen. Flax reached the U.S. in the 1800s with the arrival of European settlers.

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