October 11, 2010 |
Being that eccentric type who grinds her own golden flaxseed as part of a breakfast cereal ritual, I reacted excitedly to the news that flax has been supplanted by the new seed in town: chia. "Chia? As in the chia pet that sprouts hair?" asked my daughter. Yes, though I shudder to think that the product is related to the plant that grew weedy hair on those troll-like dolls of yesteryear. Chia originated as a staple of the Aztecs and Mayas, and it recently has been embraced by Westerners thanks to its supposed ability to lower total cholesterol, provide heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and boost energy.
September 12, 2009 |
More than 30,000 years ago, someone living in a cave in the Caucasus Mountains twisted wild flax together and dyed it, producing the earliest known fibers made by humans, scientists reported in Friday's edition of the journal Science. The fibers were discovered in an analysis of clay deposits in Dzudzuana Cave in what is now the country Georgia. They were made from the wild form of flax. The earliest previous evidence of human-worked fibers was from a Czech Republic site dating 28,000 years ago.
HOME & GARDEN
May 1, 2003
Thank you for the wonderful article on gardens and their influence on Southern California ("Where the World Is Abloom," April 24). Our lush and varied landscapes, both public and private, are a true joy of living here. There are two areas, though, where I believe our gardening heritage is being challenged: the ever-encroaching "topiary" style as a result of trimming shrubs by power tools and the overuse of palms in public landscapes. How often has one seen a group of New Zealand flax after they've been given a flattop by a hedge trimmer?
May 18, 2013 |
For more than 20 years, Kristine Kidd tasted what came her way as the food editor at Bon Appetit magazine. But she never felt great. "I had digestive issues my whole life," she says, but 2 1/2 years ago, the aching joints, bloating, fatigue and digestive problems became so severe she couldn't ignore the symptoms of celiac disease. She had already left her job and started doing some research, she says in the roomy, sunny kitchen of her hilltop home in Topanga Canyon. "I was so miserable.
April 6, 2013 |
What's a healthful food and what's a healing food? Is there a difference? At least since the mid-19th century, when the Battle Creek Sanitarium opened its doors and people flocked there to follow John Harvey Kellogg's regime of whole grains, nuts and frequent enemas, many Americans have sought food as medicine. I have a shelf of books with titles such as "Food - Your Miracle Medicine" and "The Food Pharmacy," and my smartphone is filled with snapshots of the "super foods" on display at a trade show: acai and goldenberry, chia, coconut and flax, goji berries and hemp, maca root and other berries, nuts, seaweeds and roots I've never heard of (yacon, lucuma, camu, maqui)
January 24, 1991 |
There may be a flax in your future. Flaxseed is edible--people looked on flax as a food plant long before they made linen out of its fibers. Currently most flaxseed in this country is pressed for linseed oil, but plant geneticists in North Dakota have come up with a strain of high-yielding, bread-quality flax resistant to North American plant diseases. One of the attractions of flaxseed is that it's richer than soybeans in the omega-3 fatty acids considered beneficial to the circulatory system.