The rapeseed plant makes for a lovely landscape during the spring when it sprouts vibrant yellow flowers. Its beauty however is much more than just visual, as this plant has some seriously wonderful benefits as an oil.
Rapeseed, also known as rape, oilseed rape, is a wonderful bright-yellow flowering member of the vegebable family, cultivated mainly for its oil-rich seed. It is the oldest and the third-largest source of vegetable oil in the world
Helped by celebrity chefs raving about the delicate, mild ﬂavour allowing other ingrediants to shine through and the many health beneﬁts, rapeseed oil now tops the latest must-have products in every cook’s larder.
It’s undeniable that it has a variety of good things going for it. First being that it has a high smoking point, great for anything that needs a high temperature to cook (tempura, for instance), it is also richer in Omegas 3 and 6 than olive oil, Its glowing and yellow colour makes gorgeous golden roast potatoes and a terrific salad dressing: mellow and nutty.
Perhaps the best thing about it is that it’s British, a home-grown alternative to the mighty olive oil available on the high street and cheaper too.
Some impressive Health Benefits of Rapeseed Oil:
Rapeseed Oil supports brain health, eyes, skin and hair health, promoting weight loss, strengthening the immune system, supporting cardiovascular health, bone and joint health, plus the respiratory system.
Measured against other oils, rapeseed oil has the least levels of saturated fat! When compared with olive oil, it only has half the amount of saturated fat. Although we now know that saturated fat has been overly demonised, it is still a good idea to watch this when conscious of weight gain.
This super quick and simple pesto recipe will make a great sauce for a pasta dish, but also works well as a delicious light summer dip… It's so much better that shop bought...
To make the pesto, discard the herb stalks and roughly chop the leaves. Place in a blender with the garlic and blitz on a low speed to combine
1/4 bunch of basil
1/4 bunch of flat-leaf parsley
1/2 garlic clove
Whilst blending, gradually pour in the rapeseed oil to form a smooth pesto. Season to taste with salt and pepper then transfer to a bowl
90ml of rapeseed oil
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of black pepper