The Cheerful yet Fleeting Rapeseed Flowers of England

Rapeseed Flowers of England
Yellow fields stretch as far as the eye can see

During the month of June, England is filled with fields of yellow Rapeseed flowers! The green countryside of England turns a cheerful yellow as all along the roads in Cambridgeshire there are yellow rapeseed fields as far as the eye can see. I couldn’t wait to visit some of these cheerful fields with my mom. We had a fabulous time walking through these brightly coloured fields and trying to capture the flowers on film.

Rapeseed Flowers of England
Such a cheerful sight!!

The vibrant yellow flowers dominate many parts of rural Britain during the start of summer as oil from rapeseed is commonly used both in the home and in food production.

 

Rapeseed Flowers of England
In a field of cheerful yellow flowers!!
Rapeseed Flowers of England
The rolling fields of England are bright yellow!

Rapeseed Flowers of England
Bright Yelllow Rapeseed flowers!

Thanks to the recent warm weather and an increased demand from China and India British farmers are growing record crops of rapeseed. I have heard that it has even now become a tourist attraction as people from all over the world come to see the rolling fields of England covered in yellow.

Rapeseed Flowers of England
Rapeseed Flowers of England

I actually thought that I would have ample opportunity to drive around and visit varies rapeseed fields but the Rapeseed plants only bloom for about two weeks.

Rapeseed Flowers of England
Im in a sea of Yellow!!

Demand for the oil, known as Canola in the US, has rocketed as it is seen as a healthy home-grown alternative to imported olive oil. Rapeseed oil contains less saturated fat and has far more omega 3 fatty acids than olive oil and it also contains vitamin E. Sounds quite healthy but I haven’t had the opportunity to try it yet. Wonder if it will affect the taste of food?

Rapeseed Flowers of England
The perfect place for a “YELLOW” experience

Rapeseed is grown for the production of animal feedvegetable oil for human consumption, and biodiesel.  

In North America, the term “canola” — a contraction of Canada and ola, for “oil” — is widely used to refer to rapeseed, and is now a trade name for “double low” (low erucic acid and low glucosinolate) rapeseed. Canola is also used in the production of margarine.

Rapeseed Flowers of England
Bright Yellow Rapeseed Flowers of England

Rapeseed leaves and stems are also edible and are sold as greens, primarily in Asian groceries, including those in California, where it is known as yao choy or tender greens. They are eaten as sag (spinach) in Indian and Nepalese cuisine, usually stir-fried with salt, garlic and spices. I am definitely going to be on the lookout for this next time I visit an Asian country or grocery store.

Rapeseed Flowers of England
Yellow Rapeseed Flower fields of England
Rapeseed Flowers of England
Rapeseed Flowers of England
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36 comments

  1. Beautiful landscape. Shame it only lasts a couple weeks though.

    I do have to agree with the US market that I’d prefer to buy ‘canola’ oil over something called ‘rapeseed’ oil.

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  2. Thank you for this post. I wondered what rapeseed oil was, and now I know. It’s canola oil which I use quite frequently, although now the experts are saying it isn’t really all that healthy. (By the way, it doesn’t affect the taste of food at all.)

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