Improvement status: Cultivar
Seeds per packet: ~160
Germination tested 1/2019: 71%
Life cycle: Annual
Camelina is a very exciting new-old crop, a little-known member of the Brassica family. Grown in northern Europe since at least 600 BCE, camelina was once a very important culinary oilseed. Largely replaced now by canola, it is making a comeback for a variety of reasons. Perhaps most importantly, unlike canola, camelina has yet to be genetically modified, so all camelina seed is non-GMO and there is no risk of contamination for organic farmers. The tiny seeds can be toasted and tossed on salads for a healthy crunch. The arugula-like leaves can be eaten. It has even been utilized already to make high-quality biofuel, including for rocket fuel. Also known as "gold-of-pleasure", for its pretty little yellow flowers, camelina oil has a fresh, unique flavor profile with somewhat grassy undertones, making it great for salad dressings, spreads, or high-heat frying. For homesteaders interested in growing their own edible oil, camelina may be just the ticket. This variety, 'Suneson,' is an improved cultivar bred for higher oil content and released by the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station. It was named after legendary UC-Davis plant breeder and scholar Dr. Coit A. Suneson, a native Montanan known for breeding many popular oat varieties, and for his decades-long efforts to develop perennial wheat.
These seeds were grown by Dr. William Woys Weaver's Roughwood Seed Collection.
GROWING TIPS: Direct seed after danger of last frost. We encourage you to experiment with plant spacing. Rows could be 12-18 inches apart.