Sunday, November 15, 2009

Harvesting flax seeds (linseed)

With the very hot weather, we've only been able to work in short bursts, but we're getting through the harvesting of the flax / linseed.

Initially, I was cutting the tops off the plant, but found the extra work involved with taking the bolls off the stems afterwards was not worth it. So, we're stripping the bolls directly from the plant into a bin.

From there, the bolls are put into a food processor, which breaks them up into a powder - but doesn't seem to harm the seeds. Then we can either sift or blow off the light stuff and leave the heavier seeds behind.

Any suggestions that might improve the process are gratefully received, though! :)

Until next time.


  1. What exactly do you do with flax/linseed? I've heard of linseed oil for furniture and such. Just curious what you do with it.

  2. Arnie - we add some linseed to our porridge and smoothie in the morning as a source of protein, fibre and omega 3.

  3. Good deal, can you cook with it, say instead of vegetable oil or olive oil? Does it taste good by itself?

  4. You wouldn't use linseed oil for cooking as much, I wouldn't think. I'm not sure what the smoke point of linseed oil is. It tastes .. seedy .. by itself. :)

    We were told one of the best uses was soaking it overnight in water, then eating it the next morning. We generally do that and use it in the smoothie.

    Smoothie: cocoa, banana, milk (we use rice milk), a teaspoon or so of linseeds, and a teaspoon of pepitas and sunflower seeds.

    It's really quite yum!