Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Crops (rapeseed and potatoes)

I'm sure anyone who has been through some British countryside recently will have noticed the bright yellow fields of Oilseed rape. I always think that these look absolutely beautiful, especially when contrasted with the green of other fields nearby and a clear, blue sky. As far as I am aware, most of this crop will be used to make vegetable oil for cooking, or bio-diesel. I did a feature a while ago on rapeseed oil, which has a high smoke point making it ideal for, amongst other things, stir frying.

I also noticed that potatoes have been planted and are just beginning to shoot. These don't look quite so pretty, but are certainly quite useful!

1 comment:

SummerHarvest said...

As you say rapeseed oil has a high burning point and therefore it can be used with the potatoes to make great roasties! Cold Pressed Rapeseed oil also has an the advantage in that it is very low in saturated fats, circa 6%.