Fields of Rape

A90Six

Joined June 2008

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The yellow fields of rape are seen more and more across the UK. This scene was taken in Dorset last weekend. I love the smell.
Rape is a member of the mustard family. It bears four-petaled, yellow flowers in spikes. Each round, elongated pod has a short beak and contains many seeds. These seeds, known as rapeseeds, yield an oil—rapeseed oil, or canola—that is variously treated for use in cooking, as an ingredient in soap and margarine, and as a lamp fuel (colza oil). The use of the oil in cooking (frying and baking) increased in the late 20th century because it is the lowest in saturated fat of any edible oil. The esterified form of rapeseed oil is used as a lubricant for jet engines. Rapeseed oil is also being used as a biodiesel. The seeds are used as bird feed, and the seed residue after oil extraction is used for fodder. An electricity generating station using rapeseed oil is being built on a Yorkshire farm.
No wonder there’s so much of it about these days.

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