Golden Flax - The Fiber with Beauty
Flax is both a fiber and a seed plant that has been grown since long before ancient Egyptian times. Flax grows about 4 ft tall on slender stems with long slender leaves. Flowers are almost always a shade of pale blue, occasionally white or bright red and each contain several seedpods. Will grow about anywhere in the US in a range of soils and climates. Prefers full sun and deep, fertile, well-drained soil for best productivity.
Flax is one of the oldest fiber crops in the world, dating to caves in prehistoric Georgia 30,000 years ago, and was one of the prized cloths in Pharaonic Egypt.
The seeds are used as a culinary oil and a nutritional supplement, both with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and anti-oxidants.
Flax is productive, a small 4 square foot patch is enough to harvest enough fiber to make a basket along with seeds for bread or crackers.
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