F is for Flax
About 30 years ago, my dad gave me some flax seeds that he had picked up from a farmer in Nebraska. I was living in Oklahoma at the time and the environment was great for growing the seeds. I enjoyed the little blue flowers and the dried round seed head that formed after the bloom died. I would grow the flowers and save seed to replant the next year. When I moved to Illinois, I brought seed with but never had the same luck with growing flax.
For the past 9 years I have been pretty religious about grinding and eating a tablespoon of flax each day. After my heart attacks (yes - 3 during the course of a week), I started adding ground flax seed to my diet. Flax is heart healthy with antioxidant qualities, may improve cholesterol, and lower blood pressure. It is also a lovely colour!