I photographed this bright yellow field of rapeseed in Wiltshire a few days ago. Tamara photographed the fields, too. And when we passed a field she would say how knocked out she was about the beauty of the colour in the landscape and how it reminded her of Van Gogh’s paintings.
Rapeseed (Brassica napus subsp. napus), also known as rape, or oilseed rape, is a bright-yellow flowering member of the family Brassicaceae (mustard or cabbage family), cultivated mainly for its oil-rich seed, which naturally contains appreciable amounts of erucic acid.
Erucic acid is a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid, which is present in the oil-rich seeds of the Brassicaceae family of plants, particularly rapeseed and mustard. It mainly enters the food chain when rapeseed oil is used in industrial food processing and home cooking.
In the UK, it is recognised as a ‘good’ cooking oil – along with sunflower oil and olive oil.