Flax is one of the oldest plants in the world, and it naturally does not require a pesticide. It can be successful in many different types of soil and climate, provided irrigation, and can mature in about 3-4 months, depending on the type of fiber desired. Fine fiber is ready in 3 months, while the seeds and coarse fiber mature in 4 months.
Flax is native to the Middle East, and has been used for its fiber for thousands of years. Ancient, even prehistoric civilizations in Asia and Europe utilized hemp for rope, clothing, and other fibrous uses. Clothing made from the fiber is called linen. Egyptians in particular fell in love with the plant, considering its linen a symbol of purity. Priests wore all linen, temple walls were decorated with paintings of the plant, and linen was used to wrap mummies. Linen then spread throughout the ancient world through trade, and the Romans began using it for clothing and ship sails. In the middle ages, linseed (flax) oil began its use as a dietary supplement. Flax is also one of the fastest growing plants, like hemp, going from seed to harvest in less than half a year. This makes it far more rapidly renewable than wood and cotton fiber.
The entire flax crop is valuable, from its inner woody core (generally called hurd, shive, or shiv, shive), to its fiber, to its seeds. Flax fibers have been tested to be over twice the strength of cotton, and are natural insulators. Modern applications include flaxseed oils, clothing, papers, and teabags. All our flax is American grown.
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