This specialty grain takes its name from the its main use, which has been for domestic flying birds consumption (Canaries among them). Is one of the main members of the “birdseed” groups along with sunflower seeds and millet.
According to Agri-food Canada, Canada is the world’s largest producer and exporter of Canary seed with an average yearly production of 75 to 90 000 metric tonns (not bad EH!). Like other specialty crops such as flax and mustard, Canary seed is grown during the cool season in western Canada as it is highly resistant to below frost temperatures.
FUN FACT: Canary seed has a high starch content making it suitable for some industrial uses, such as the cosmetics sector.