Seed is rich in vitamins, minerals and protein. High in Omega 3 oil (has the good fats), amino acids, also has plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Excellent as a micro-green but not for sprouting, also raw or in a myriad of cooking applications including in crackers and biscuits. Can be soaked overnight and eaten with breakfast cereal, and in this soaked form it can be used as an egg substitute in muffins and cakes. Also excellent feed for laying poultry. This is the plant which has fibre when processed is called Linen from ancient times. Slender plant to 40cm with blue flower. Store seed in fridge.
As well as the usual harvested vegetables these vegetables are harvested as Baby Leaf Salad Greens at 8-15cm in 3-4 weeks or as Micro Greens at 3-8cm from 10-25 days depending on varieties being quick or slow growing.
Best Grown in potting mix or soil mix in trays, boxes or in the garden. When planting cover with about 3cm of friable mix. Ensure good light and moisture levels. Best temperatures 16°C to 28°C. Harvest with scissors, cut whole plant or leaves only leaving stems as many will re-shoot from stem nodes.
Baby Leaf and Micro Greens may well prove to be an easier and nutritious way to add wholesome vitamins and minerals to your diet.