Behind the Scenes - Rapeseed Flower Crop
We are nearing the end of the flowering season for the oil seed rape crop. Unfortunately, that means those glorious bright yellow fields that you see all over the countryside will soon be gone for another year. Fear not, all is not lost as we will now be busy producing lots of delicious rapeseed oil from the plant that still remains.
The oil seed rape crop typically grows to 100cm high and the term rapeseed refers to the harvested component of the crop.
During the processing of the rapeseed into oil, a by-product is left behind. This by-product is high in protein and makes an excellent animal feed. This means that during the production process there is no waste at all.
As we have mentioned on the blog before, as well as the vibrant yellow flowers looking great, they also produce a high amount of nectar. We have taken full advantage of this additional product of the oil seed rape and have housed some honey bees on our farm.
Here are some images of the beautiful fields of rapeseed flower that we had this year.