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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 Biobased Products
Download   NNFCC Crop Factsheet: Echium (PDF, 251 kB)
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Summary

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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