Canaryseed Development Commission of Saskatchewan


Canaryseed has been recently approved for human consumption in both Canada and the United States. It is a true cereal grain containing bran, germ and starchy endosperm and is a member of the same family as wheat, oats, barley, and rye. It is gluten-free, high in protein, high in fat, and a rich source of folate, phosphorous, magnesium, and manganese, compared to other cereal grains. Canaryseed has a history which began in the Mediterranean area in the mid-1500’s. Glabrous (hairless) canaryseed was developed in Canada via plant breeding techniques and is more suitable as a food crop. Canaryseed, with the hull removed, was approved for human food consumption in both Canada and the United States in late 2015. For approval purposes, it was compared to cereal grains including oats, wheat, barley, and rye.

Link to Fact Sheet Nutrition and Sensory Profile