A Study in Colour

Contrast

Rape seed-oil: 04/04/2019

This time of year the fields blaze yellow as the sweet-smelling rape seed-oil comes into bloom, and create landscapes sharp in Contrast.

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37 Responses to A Study in Colour

  1. Violet Lentz says:

    Something similar grows in a lot of the planting fields here in the winter. They call it mustard, but it isn’t what mustard is made out of so I am not sure what it really is. It makes for pretty drives though…

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    • crimsonprose says:

      Mustard and rape are indistinguishable in the field. And in truth, I don’t know how to tell them apart. Except if it’s an early crop (flowering in early April here is early) then it’s most probably rape. Since both crops are grown for the seed, they need time to ripen before the harvest. And rape smells divine with the sun on it … always reminds me of freshly-picked purple-sprouting broccoli (which you probably call something different,)

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  2. I think everyone has a springy-scent that feels so good and nostalgic. I don’t think I’ve ever smelled a rape-seed plant, so now I’m interested!

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  3. I’ve never heard of rapeseed oil, so I just googled it. Shame on me for not knowing about this before πŸ™‚

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  4. Jessica says:

    Hi! I nominated you for Versatile Blogger Award!

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  5. Ennle Madresan says:

    I read through the comments to learn a bit about rape seed, as I’m not familiar πŸ™‚

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    • crimsonprose says:

      Canola oil. apparently. Different places, different names. πŸ™‚

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      • Ennle Madresan says:

        Ohhh, really? I use that all the time for baking! πŸ™‚ And olive oil for cooking on stove top.

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      • crimsonprose says:

        That’s the one. Though for good health one should avoid it. It’s high in omega 6, which is a depressant and can cause all kinds of health conditions. Though if that’s your only use, it’s not so bad. Just make sure to keep the omega 3 high-high-high. (My crusade!)

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      • Ennle Madresan says:

        Could you repeat for me which is the healthy oil, and which is not…I got confused, sorry!

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      • crimsonprose says:

        Fruit oils (olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil) are the good-for-you ones, high in Omega 3. The others (flaxseed, cotton-oil, canola etc) are high in Omega 6, and are not at all good for you. Omega 6 works in opposition to omega 3, it depresses the systems. We do need some in our diet, but we get ample from its natural form in unprocessed foods. Most processed foods contain sugars of various sorts (bad for us), and seed oils. No, added salt is not bad. We tend to underuse salt becayse of a study years ago that showed salt raises blood pressure in some people (a very small minority), But it only raises it by about one point. Salt is essential, but not table salt. You need Cornish or Celtic Sea Salt, or Himalayan salt, both are high in mineral content, and both ensure our electrolytes stay in balance.
        Foodie lecture over!

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      • Ennle Madresan says:

        So then, corn oil would be better than the canola, yes? This is very interesting, I appreciate your time in educating me πŸ™‚

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      • crimsonprose says:

        No, corn oil wouldn’t be. Corn is a seed. You need oil from fruits, and that means oline, coconut and avocado. Though butter and ever lard is acceptable, depending on source. I understand ocean they don’t keep cattle outside, fed on grass. And if not fed on grass, it’s best avoided.

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      • Ennle Madresan says:

        Okay, I think I’m getting it now πŸ™‚

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  6. Nice! I’ve seen fields of these (canola here in North America). But I’ve never smelled them. (Only ever driven past.) Next time, I will be tempted very much to stop. Or at least roll down the window. πŸ™‚

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  7. Dale says:

    What a great shot, Crispina!
    For me spring will always be lilacs…

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