Camelina is an under utilized alternative grain crop with very high potential. Also known as false flax and can be used similarly for oil production. We are not the biggest fans of vegetable oils but camelina just might be the perfect healthy replacement for the scourge of canola. Grown in Europe for at least 3,000 years, where it is used for cooking and as a base for salad dressing. In Poland there is a particular kind of camelina oil that is registered with the EU as a traditional specialty. Contains up to 45% Omega-3 fatty acids. Very high yields from spring plantings.
As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested and found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.
Direct sow as early as possible in the spring. Optimal plant density is 25 plants per row foot in rows that are 6″ apart, or 50 plants per square foot. May also be transplanted.
Harvest and Seed Saving
Harvest for oilseed or replanting when seeds rub out easily in your hand, from brown dry seed heads. Lay on a tarp to dry for several days, then dance, rub, or flail seeds from seed heads. Winnow to clean. Isolate from other Camelina sativa by 1/4 mile.