The recipes that follow are from Barb Barlean’s kitchen.
The 12-acre Barlean’s farm in Ferndale, Washington bustles with activity. Trucks from as far away as Canada and the Dakotas pull up to deliver flax seed, forklift drivers haul pressed flax meal into storage containers for recycling as cattle feed, while inside fresh pressed flax seed oil is bottled, labeled and rush shipped to health stores around the country. The phones ring endlessly at the Barlean’s farm, as hundreds of orders for Barlean’s organic oils pour in from health store retailers daily, retailers who insist upon fresh-pressed-on-demand organic oils for their customers.
What’s driving all this activity on the Barlean’s family farm in Ferndale? The realization that 8 out of 10 Americans are deficient in essential fats, called Omega-3 fatty acids. The health consequences of this nutritional deficiency are extensive. Health authorities, such as Artemis Simopoulos M.D., author of The Omega Plan, indicates disorders such as heart and blood vessel disease, eye problems such as dry eyes and macular degeneration, mood and behavior problems such as attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity, autoimmune disorders such as arthritis, diabetes and lupus, skin problems such as psoriasis, and even cancer, may materialize from this common nutritional deficiency.
Even with supplementation it takes months to replenish the body with Omega-3 fatty acids. Both fish and flax provide the essential Omega-3 fatty acids. Flax, with a 4-to-1 ratio of Omega-3 over Omega-6 fatty acids, can quickly rebalance the body with essential Omega-3s. One tablespoon of flax seed oil provides 5000 mg. of Omega-3 oil, which is equal to 5 to 10 fish oil capsules.
From the Barlean’s website at www.barleans.com
Barlean’s Flax Butter
- Pour 2/3 cup Barlean’s flax into blender
- Soften 2/3 cup butter and add to blender
- Whip flax and butter in blender
- Pour into heat proof container
- Cover container
- Cool and store in fridge
Barlean’s Flax & Garlic Dressing
Combine the following and whisk together:
- ¼ cup Barlean’s flax
- ¼ cup apple cider
- ½ cup water
- garlic to taste
Go to the Barlean’s website for more recipes.