ORGANIC MILK THISTLE SEED, whole
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Botanical Name: Silybum marianum
Origin: Croatia / Turkey / China / Austria
Production: Milk thistle has red/purple flowers and shiny green leaves. Seeds are harvested by removing flower heads in the late spring or early summer at the end of the growing season, drying, and then removing seeds.
Qualities: Milk thistle has been used for over 2000 years as a herbal treatment for a variety of ailments including kidney, liver, and gallbladder problems. Several scientific studies suggest that components in milk thistle (specifically the flavonoid silymarin) protect the liver from toxins.
Common Use: The seeds are most commonly used to make teas (see our Liver Tea Blend), tinctures, and infusions, but they can also be used as a food. They contain 25% protein and have a nutty flavor similar to flax seeds. They can be used raw or toasted in cereals, loaves of bread, smoothies, shakes, and salads.
Storage: Store in a cool, dark, dry location in a sealed container.
Safety: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the CFIA or FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This product has been packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and other potential allergens.
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Austria's have beem good, Croatia not so much
I've been receiving the Austrian sourced milkthistle, and enjoy chewing up some of them as is, along with grinding the bulk. They have a nutty, pleasant taste. The last batch was from Croatia - perhaps just the time of year this batch was shipped - but the quality isn't there. They are dry and not all that flavouful. I'm grinding all of the the Croatian seeds, but hope the taste and texture don't negate the health benefits! So 5 stars for what I've been receiving from Austria, and so far 2 for the latest Croatian batch.