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Camelina

Camelina is an annual herb with branched, smooth stems that become “woody” at maturity and grow to approximately 75 cms in height.

 

Each stem bears many small yellow flowers. The seeds, borne in pear-shaped capsules 1mm in length, are orange to brown in colour and result from self-pollination, although they can be cross pollinated from visiting insects.

Camelina is normally Spring sown and requires no specialist harvesting equipment. The very small seeds need care when harvesting and drying.

Uses

The oil produced by Camelina Seeds has exceptionally high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids. Because of its apparent health benefits and its technical stability, camelina oil is added to a growing list of foods considered as functional foods. Research has demonstrated the oils also have benefits in the production of skin care products, soaps and detergents.  More recently the emerging green bio-fuel industry is looking to use it within the jet fuel market.