Camelina is an ancient oilseed crop, a member of the mustard
family. It is extraordinarily high in Omega-3
essential fatty acids, as well as containing an optimal
blend of Omega 3, 6, and 9's.
Omega-3's are sorely lacking in most people's (not to mention
animals!) diets. Sources are limited, the primary options being
flax and fish oils.
Omega-3 dietary benefits are extensive and profound, ranging
from improved cardiovascular health, reducing arthritic and
inflammation problems, and facilitating healthy skin, joint,
and brain function.
The significant advantage of camelina oil over flax or fish
oil (not even considering it tastes way better!) is
its chemical stability. Flax is notoriously unstable once it's
ground or pressed, and must be refrigerated and stored in dark
bottles, and even then...
Camelina's high vitamin E content has the incidental benefit
of adding chemical stability, and our camelina oil does not
require refrigeration, has an extremely long shelf life, not
to mention we can show off its lovely golden color in clear
The oil we cold-press from camelina grown by ourselves and
other Montana farmers contains an extremely beneficial blend
of essential fatty acids. It also tests quite low in the less-healthy
saturated fats. As you undoubtedly know, not all fats are bad,
though. In fact some are "essential"!
Camelina tests remarkably high in the healthy monounsaturated
and polyunsaturated fats. In fact ours tests about 18.5% in
Oleic and even better than that, nearly 25% Linoleic, and up
to (and occasionally a bit over!) 30% Linolenic fatty acids.
So it's no wonder the health benefits of camelina are outstanding!
Native to northern Europe, its benefits are long-known, in fact
it's been found in tombs back to the bronze age. Clearly it
was well-regarded even then...
Historically used for lamp oil and skin use, the beneficial
uses go far beyond that. Its properties as an Omega-3 supplement
are outstanding, and a tablespoon a day will keep you lubed!
But you might as well get your supplements with dinner (or
lunch or breakfast) as it lends itself to salad dressings, pestos,
smoothies, and sundry other applications. Not so much as a frying
oil, though. Has a very low flash point, great if you're making
biodiesel, but a bit touchy in the frying pan...
We're the first to receive a manufacturing license in Montana
for marketing camelina oil as a health supplement (as of July
2010) are expanding into healthy food retail outlets across
the country, plus exploring marketing options in other countries
as well, primarily China at the moment.
We'll be adding an e-commerce section to this site in the near
future, but actually ship a reasonable amount of camelina products
directly to (mostly repeat) customers already. If that's of
interest, drop us a line...
And now, check out our new online store!