What Plant Does Consumable Flax Seed Come From? - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Michele Horsewood
Hemet, CA
Question by wildestarr
January 24, 2001
Does the flax seed I buy in the supermarket come from Allium Caeruleum?


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Answer from NGA
January 24, 2001

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No, flax seed comes from the plant Linum usitatissimum, which is grown commercially for fiber and seeds (which, by the way, yields linseed oil). Ornamental alliums, such as A. caeruleum, are members of the lily family. While the seeds of this blue allium are similar in appearance to flax, they are not the same and should not be used in place of flax. Hope this clarifies things for you!

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