Linseed or Flax: what’s the difference?

Both linseed and flax are varieties of Linum usitatissimum

Linseed or flax? They are the same!

But there are some interesting differences!!

Linum usitatissimum

Linum usitatissimum, the plant that gives us both linseed and flax
colour drawing of Linum usitatissimum, the plant that gives us both linseed and flax

The cultivated plant is Linum usitatissimum. “Linseed” and “Flax” when produced as a food or supplement are both exactly the same thing (sometimes!). However the history of the plant, its uses and the marketing of the different names as healthfood in different countries have given rise to much confusion. Continue reading

Feeding hens with linseed for omega-3 eggs

Millefleur Wyandotte chickens lay omega-3 eggs when fed with linseed oil.

Linseed in chicken feed increases omega-3 in eggs

You are what you eat and the same goes for chickens!  Linseed (flax) oil and ground linseed in the diet of hens and bantams increases levels of omega-3 in meat and eggs Continue reading