Flaxseed - sometimes referred to as linseed - is the seed of the flax plant. The primary industrial use for flaxseed other than seed for planting is for processing to obtain linseed oil and linseed meal.
- Linseed Oil
- Linseed oil, which has been produced in this country since 1793, has enjoyed wide
usage in many industries. Up until World War 1, linseed oil was the main vehicle
available for protective coatings and other manufactured products.
- Linseed oil can be used as a drying oil vehicle in paints, varnishes, lacquers,
enamels, oilcloth, linoleum, oil clothing, tarpaulins and tenting, patent leather, textiles,
printing inks, soap, shoe polish and other specialty items.
- Archer Daniel Midland Linseed Oil Brochure
- Linseed Meal
- Linseed meal is a byproduct of flaxseed after it is crushed for linseed oil. The product
is used as a high-protein animal and poultry feed. Linseed meal has a unique
combination of amino acids in the protein, which produces a glossy, healthy coat for
animals. Because of this, horse breeders throughout the United States use linseed
- Flax Fiber
- Flax is also grown for the fiber produced from the stem of the plant. The fiber is
processed to make the finest paper and linen products. The fiber because it is a
durable product, is also used to make mulches for horticultural use.