What the heck is flax anyways?
Linum usitatissimum; or as it is more commonly known flax, flaxseed, linseed is one of our friendliest and most used plants for thousands of years! As its scientific name implies (usitatissimum means useful) flax has been a source for nutrition, fabric and as raw product for more than thirty thousand years. If you are looking for the mother of all superfoods, look no further; in one single ounce of flaxseed, you will find:
- 6.3mg of Omega-3 (Alpha-linolenic acid or ALA))
- 8g of Fiber
- 6g of Protein
- 31% of your RDA of Vitamin B1
- 35% of your RDA of Manganese
- 30% of your RDA of Magnesium
- 19% of your RDA of Phosphorus
- 10% of your RDA of Selenium
- It contains considerable amounts of Vitamin B6, Iron, potassium, copper and zinc.
- And... Flax is high in fiber, but low in Carbs. (Soluble fiber in the form of mucilage-gum and typical insoluble fiber in the seed-coat)
Which flaxseed is best for me?
Our flaxseed is non-gmo and grown with best practices in the Canadian Prairies, and you can chose our organic versions as well. Golden and brown flax are very similar in nutrition, so it is mostly down to aesthetics. If you are using it for baking, the lighter color flax will result in lighter color yummies; same with smoothies, cereals and snacks.
What is roasted flax?
Well, just like taking a lovely loaf of bread and giving it a golden brown toast in the oven, roasting flaxseed makes it crispy and delicious, without affecting the amazing nutrients it brings us.
can I bake with flax?
YES!! Heating flax does not break down the amazing nutrients. You can use flax to enhance your recipe in taste and nutrition, or to replace certain ingredients: did you know you can use flax as an egg replacement as a binder, or to increase your good omega-3 profiles in breads and baked goods?
Can flaxseed replace eggs?
… as we were saying, you can use flax to replace eggs in recipes for a more plant-based approach. The usual ratio is one tablespoon of milled, raw, flaxseed (brown or golden) and three tablespoons of water, to replace one egg. If you didn’t buy milled flax don’t worry, you can always grind it yourself using a little coffee or spice grinder.
What is the difference between milled flax and flaxseed meal?
It is important to distinguish between milled flaxseed and flaxseed meal. Milling flaxseed is the simple function of taking whole flax seeds and putting them through a machine that breaks them down into finer particles (flour). To achieve flax-meal, you must first crush the flax seeds and remove the oil through a process called extrusion or pressing. Once the oil is removed (which removes a lot of good nutrients as well), the remaining “cake” can then be milled to produce flax meal. Meal is usually used as an ingredient that contains mostly fiber and some protein.
How should I store flax and how long will it keep?
Whole flax seeds keep for many years if it is in a cool, dry environment. Once milled, flax should be preserved in a sealed and stable bag, which should be used within five weeks after being opened.
Can I buy directly from you?
We choose to collaborate with amazing retailers whom we feel are an extended part of our family. Buying from them is like buying directly from us!
Is your flax organic?
We do have both conventional and organic products. Maybe one day we will be entirely organic . . ?