Saskatchewan accounts for about 85 per cent of Canada's flaxseed.
Flax seeds contain 45-50% oil. This oil is primarily used in industrial products such as paint, varnishes and flooring products (linoleum). The majority of flax seed is used for this purpose. The seed meal remaining after the extraction of the oil is used in animal feed.
Flaxseed is increasingly being used for human consumption because it is high in fibre, protein and oil content. The oil contains mainly mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids and has large amounts of polyunsaturated linolenic fatty acid. Furthermore, flax seeds have a high lignan content, which is thought to have health benefits. The presence of these compounds means that flaxseed is widely used in health foods.
Canada is the world’s largest producer and exporter of pulses, the edible dried seeds of legume crops (dried beans, chickpeas, lentils and dried peas), making up 35 per cent of the global pulse business. This includes 95 per cent of the world’s lentil production, shipping to more than 150 countries each year. Saskatchewan is leading the charge, producing 99 per cent of the Canadian chickpea crop and 95 per cent of Canada’s lentils.
From heart-healthy oils and nutraceuticals to animal feed and biofuels, canola is the largest crop by hectare grown in Saskatchewan. Canola oil is one of the healthiest cooking oils available. And because canola oil is so versatile and affordable, it’s ideal for making a wide range of healthy foods, both at home and on a commercial scale.
Despite its name, wild rice isn't exactly rice. Wild Rice is a tall aquatic grass (Zizania palustris) and the grain that can be harvested from them. The plant grows best in shallow water in small lakes and slow-flowing stream, ideally between 75-90 cm in depth. The seeds ripen in late summer, between mid-August and early September. Saskatchewan wild rice is grown and processed without the use of chemical additives, colourants, or artificial flavourings. The large kernels mature in their natural setting helped only by the sun. Saskatchewan is now the leading producer of lake grown wild rice in Canada.