What the heck is rapeseed??

Gorgeous fields of yellow began to appear around our side of the world a few weeks ago. First, it was fields of daffodils which are recognizable to even the most clueless flower person. But then these fields began to appear with a flower that neither Van or I had ever seen! Van was convinced it was just a weed, but I knew it had to be something that was planted. You could clearly see the rows of purposely planted crops. But what was it??



After some research I quickly discovered it was a plant called rapeseed. Rapeseed is a major crop in Europe. Apparently, it has many uses such as for production of animal feed and biodiesel. It is harvested to make rapeseed oil which personally, I have never heard of in my life. But goodness, does it make for a gorgeous sight. And the fields are everywhere! Especially out in the countryside where we live. Running around town is so awesome. I can't believe my eyes when I am running next to these fields of yellow.

Ely Cathedral in the background


View back towards our neighborhood
Check out this aerial view of some rapeseed fields in England. See what I mean? The fields are everywhere. It is absolutely breathtaking, especially on these gorgeous blue sky days we have been having.





Can you spot Bruno below?


I hope these fields stick around for a little while. Definitely one of nature's most stunning scenes.


-Jamie

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  1. I can't believe you've never seen rapeseed before! They're driving every European crazy as this beautiful yellow stuff sticks to everything, cars and outdoor furniture in particular! :D

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    1. haha! i know weird?? I guess it's not very common in the US. My dogs were covered in yellow when we left the fields :)

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    2. Ha, I've heard of it before but had no idea what exactly it was. So - thanks for sharing, especially at your own risk of sounding uninformed! :D

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    3. Hey....but I found out what it was!!

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  2. Those yellow fields are beautiful! I remember seeing those in France but I had no idea what is was either!

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    1. I LOVE riding in the car and watching the sun go down over the fields...its STUNNING!! My husband is surely getting tired of me and my constant "oh my gosh its so pretty i want to cry" moments. HAHA!!!

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  3. Congratulations on discovering rapeseed fields! They are unbelievably gorgeous, the yellow colour is just stunning.

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    1. I wish they would stick around forever! How have I never heard of rapeseed?? :)

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  4. hmm... strange name for such a beautiful plant! I'd love to go for a run next to or even in that field :) I miss seeing wide open spaces like that.

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    1. I've planned a new route today and I can't wait to see what the fields look like :)

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  5. In North America, it is more commonly called canola oil. Does that sound more familiar? Love that yellow! We also get it up in Scandinavia, though not this early!

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  6. Rapeseed is very popular back home as its used for the majority of cooking oil sold in Zambia. Great pictures!

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    1. Oh wow! That is good to know....I'm learning a lot about local agriculture through this post :)

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  7. I have a love hate thing with rapeseed, it's certainly very beautiful and I love just how colourful it is, but man does it make people sneeze!

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    1. Fortunately, I have not been affected by it! I even have been running past the fields everyday and I seem to be doing ok with it :)

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  8. I substitue vegetable oil with rapeseed oil a lot of the time ;) x

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    1. Cool! I am going to have to look into to getting some!

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  9. We have rapeseed fields all over the place in Germany! And rapeseed oil is actually one of the most common used oils in cooking, at least judging from the amount of oil that's available in grocery stores! ;) I had no idea you didn't have it in the US, but doesn't it look gorgeous? :)

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    1. I think we use canola oil instead...but from what I have been reading, canola oil is more of a genetically engineered plant?? I'm not much interested in agriculture haha! But yes, they are absolutely stunning!

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  10. I've never seen rapeseed either! But, it's gorgeous and so spring-like!

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    1. I wish the fields would stick around all year long. It's so vivid and instantly brightens your day :)

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  11. Those fields are gorgeous!! I don't think I've ever seen rapeseed oil either, except in oil form at the supermarket and I always steer clear because I have no idea what it is haha

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    1. Well apparently it's more common than we think....it's llike canola oil :) So now we know!!

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  12. If you have ever used Canola that is rapeseed oil. The French call it Colza.

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  13. Gorgeous pictures! Made me feel a little homesick! The aerial view reminded me of touching down at the airport for a trip home :).

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    1. we are flying next week and I cannot wait to see it from above :)

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