Flax seeds are easier to be digested; if you crush them slightly before you use it.
I understand from my certified nutritionist that if I wish to gain the Omega 3 fatty acid; I must use the flax seed in its uncooked form.
And once the seeds are grounded; I have to eat them within 15 minutes; otherwise; the contents will be gone either through the air; or through the light.
I have started switching to the oil protein diet since last year. And I have been using both the seeds and the oils in my daily breakfast together with rolled oats; fat free quark; grounded almonds; and raisins.
Flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum) is also known as linseed.
There are two colours of flax seeds you can find in the organic foods stores.
One type is in gold or light yellow colour (blonde linzaad in Dutch). Another type is in dark reddish brown. And they are both valuable seeds.
Since I am using them everyday; soon I was tempted enough to sow them in water.
Fresh flax seeds are 100% live seeds. Therefore they are 100% sprout-able.
Reasons for Growing
How to Sprout Flax Seeds
Materials: Bio Seeds, a small glass bottle
Location: In house
Condition: Natural temperature 18.5 - 19°C
Period: From 6 March to 20 March
Seedlings in Water
*21 seeds were sow in a small bottle of water on 6-3-2014 and they were sprouted in 2 days and developed further till the day 4 (Top picture 1 to 4).
*The seeds continued sprouting until three strong plants appeared on 20 March, the day 14 (picture 5-8).
Flax Seeds Plants Transplant Requirement
Location 1: A table-top at the North side of the garden hedge
Materials: A 5.5 inch Earth-Pot, a recyclable bio plastic bag, wooden stakes
Soil: Bio soil
Condition: Natural temperature 0.7 °C (lowest) to 37.4 °C (highest) from 20 March to 13 August;
Frequent showers and heavy wind
Light night frost fell on 24 March, 15 & 16 April
1. Moved the whole
tray of seeds outdoor; and transferred them into a black box of organic
soil with a cover on 20 March (the day 14), when there was sunshine
and the mid-day temperature reached 22°C (picture 8 to 9).
2. Three of the young plants continued their strong growth from 28-3-2014, the day 22 to 5-4-2014, the day 30 (picture 10 to 12).
3. Transferred Flax plant one to an earth-pot of Bio ground on 5-4-2014, the day 30 with a plastic bag wrapped over the whole pot as a protection for the night (picture 13).
4. Flax plant one was grown to a tall and solid plant on 15 May, the day 70 (picture 14 to 15).
5. Flower buds appeared on 1-6-2014, the day 87 (picture 16).
6. Provide a longer wooden stick as a support and the first flax flower bud appeared on 6 June, the day 92 (picture 17&18).
7. First purplish flower opened widely under strong sun and the stormy wind on 10 June, the day 96 (picture 19&20).
8. A total of 6 flowers showing together on 15 June, the day 101 (picture 21).
9. Harvested 5 flax seeds pods together with the stem on 22 July, the day 138 (picture 22).
10. New growth shown on 13 August, the day 160; after 22 days rest (picture 23&24).
11. A new flower bud was shown on 27 October, the day 235; when the mid-day temperature had fell to 14.9°C.
Location 2: A weed free raised bed at the center south side of the garden
Materials: a wooden stick and a plastic coded iron stake
Soil: Clayey loam
Natural day temperature from 11.7 (lowest) to 26.3 °C (highest)
Frequent rain showers
Experience and Discoveries
17. Two beautiful light blue flowers came together on 15 September, the day 193 ( above picture 45).
18. The main shoot turned yellow on 1 October, the day 209 and eventually the whole plant changed to dark brown on 15 November, the day 254 (picture 47-48).
19. The last seed pods were collected on 28-10-2014, the day 236.
Flax Seeds Charm
I have harvested 166 Seed Pods (including 5 for the first potted plant, and 4 for the second potted flax) in total; a few were left on the plant for the over winter harvest.
Each seed pod contains 8 seeds (picture 59). So, I have 166x8= 1328 organic seeds in hand at the moment.
Happening During Budding and Seedling
Remove the pods when you wish to use them. In this way, the seeds will stay fresh for the a longer period of time.
Flax seeds are unlimited!