Specialty Crops

BroadGrain sources and provides a number of specialty products, including Canary Seed and Flax Seed. Our extensive supply side relationships allow us to ship our specialty products almost anywhere in a timely and cost effective manner.

Flax Seed

Flax Seed (also known as common flax or linseed) is a member of the genus Linum in the family Linaceae. Brown flax and golden flax (sometimes called yellow flax) are the two basic varieties of this amazing “Super Food”, which is typically grown in the cooler regions of the world, the flowers are pure pale blue, 15–25 mm diameter, with five petals; they can also be bright red. The fruit is a round, dry capsule 5–9 mm diameter, containing several glossy brown seeds 4–7 mm long.
Flax is amongst the oldest fiber crops in the world, probably first domesticated in the Fertile Crescent region. There have been findings of spun, dyed, and knotted wild flax fibers found in a cave in Dzudzuana from prehistoric Georgia, which today we know as the Republic of Georgia; These discoveries have been dated to 30,000 years ago (30,000 BP). It is also known that it was extensively cultivated in ancient China and ancient Egypt for the production of linen (thus the name linseed).
Some call it one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet. There’s some evidence it may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes, that’s quite a tall order for a tiny seed that’s been around for centuries. It is found in all kinds of today's foods from crackers to frozen waffles to oatmeal. The Flax Council estimates close to 300 new flax-based products were launched in the U.S. and Canada in 2010 alone. Not only has consumer demand for flaxseed grown, agricultural use has also increased. Flaxseed is what's used to feed all those chickens that are laying eggs with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its primary healthy reputation to three of them:

  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.

  • Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.

  • Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.