Friday, January 9, 2009

New foraging finds 2: fresh flax seeds

Jane, a friend we stayed with in Feilding, introduced me to flax seeds fresh from the pod.

Pick a flax pod, break it open, and take out the little flat seeds carefully. It's fascinating the way each seed tastes different - some very sweet, others more bitter. It partly depends on the ripeness of the pod and the variety of flax, but even within each pod there is some variety.


Since coming back from our short holiday I have been sampling flax seeds from plants (with pods in varying stages of ripeness) all round Newtown and Berhampore.

I'd like to collect enough to sprinkle on a green salad.

Apparently people have also roasted them to make a coffee substitute.

6 comments:

Ruth said...

These were quite interesting for me to taste. I was confident after your post in tasting some and then after I did eat some seeds, I started getting suspicious as I had this weird lingering taste in the back of my throat! All good though, no side effects. Just the particular flax I guess (common big green stuff, Tauranga Bay).
So great though, your foraging and posts has got me looking more closely at local beach plants and wondering if I can eat them...

Free said...

Aha! Another thing to try :)
I'm remembering last week when we were at my Dad's place, he has heaps of the seed pods and we were wasting them, playing with them... Next time I go there I'll have a much better use for them :)

Lynda Eichler said...

Aaaahh - but beware the white wormy maggot looking thingies. We broke open about 7 of our pods and they all had gross contents. I'm having nightmares now - LOL.

Lynda

Johanna Knox said...

Ewwww. :) Did the pods look any different from normal on the outside?

Anonymous said...

Went to a Charles Royal cooking demo where he'd sprinkled the mature (black) seeds on top of his flat bread before cooking, as you would poppy seeds - very decorative. Probably would be nice mixed through a savoury scone dough too.

Evonne said...

I'm thinking to start growing this plant, how do I start? Nursery got it? In what season? Thanks. ~evonne