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Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis)

Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis) is a species of Oenothera native to eastern and central North America, from Newfoundland west to Alberta, southeast to Florida, and southwest to Texas.

The evening primrose was introduced to Europe in the early 17th century as an ornamental plant in botanical gardens. Its possible applications in the kitchen and as medicinal plant were only discovered more than 100 years later. However, indigenous tribes in North America (namely the Cherokee, Iroquois, Ojibwe and Potawatomi) were using the plant as food and medicinal crop for hundreds of years.

Virtually all plant parts are edible. The roots can be eaten raw or cooked like potatoes.

The cold-pressed oil extracted from the mature seeds of the Oenothera biennis plant oil contains approximately 7-10% of Gamma-Linolenic acid while the level of Linoleic acid is one of the highest found in nature ranging from 65-85%. It is widely used in the dietary supplement and cosmetic industries. Essential fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development. Omega-6 fatty acids are necessary for human health but can only be obtained by consumption.

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