NNFCC Crop Factsheet: Echium
Information on growing, harvesting and storing echium in the UK and its uses as a non-food crop.
|Author||L Hopwood - NNFCC|
|Published||08 Jun 2009|
|Industry||Feedstocks Bio-Based Products|
|Download||NNFCC Crop Factsheet: Echium (PDF, 251 kB)|
Echium is a spring sown speciality oil crop containing high levels of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), gamma linolenic acid (GLA) and stearidonic acid (SDA),
making it valuable in cosmetic and skin care applications, with further potential as a functional food, as an alternative to fish oils.
This factsheet explores the uses of Echium, where it can be grown, its agronomy, environmental benefits and future market outlook.
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