April 04, 2017

05/04/2017: Reaping the benefits of rapeseed oil

By Donna Neary, AHDB, UK

RapeseedOilBenefits.com is a not-for-profit campaign that was launched in 2008 by AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds, to increase awareness of the culinary and nutritional benefits of rapeseed oil as part of a healthy, balanced diet, and to inspire people to use this cooking oil

Rapeseed Oil Cake

AHDB is a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain, including grain traders and processors. Its purpose is to inspire farmers, growers and the greater industry to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

It equips the industry with easy to use, practical know-how, which they can apply straight away to make better decisions and improve their performance.

Why use rapeseed oil?

From spring to early summer it’s impossible not to notice the fields of bright, yellow flowers grown throughout Britain.

One of the reasons these plants are grown of course, is for their seeds to make rapeseed oil.

But why has this cooking oil grown in popularity so much over the past few years? In short, we think there are five reasons: its nutritional composition, amazing flavour profile, provenance, its sheer versatility in cooking and its affordability.

Rapeseed oil is the only commonly used culinary oil that can be widely found both grown and bottled in the UK.

Other vegetable oils, such as olive or sunflower, are primarily imported from mainland Europe or further afield.

Rapeseed oil is processed by both small and large-scale producers and comes in two forms: artisan cold-pressed and refined.

Cold-pressing simply involves using a press to squeeze the oil out of the seeds, retaining all its natural flavours, before being filtered and bottled. Refined oil on the other hand, is extracted from the seeds under high temperatures, before being cleaned to create a flavourless oil with a high smoke point. 

Find out more on RapeseedOilBenefits.com  

Read the full article HERE.

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