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The Rapeseed plant has a long history dating back some 4,000 years and is mentioned in ancient Indian and Japanese literature. Nowadays, rapeseed oil is known to the health conscious and many dietitians recognise its characteristic nutritional benefits.
Rapeseed oil is a joy to use. It is delicious in salad dressings, dipping sauces, mayonnaise, marinated vegetables, meat, fish and hummus. It can also be used in desserts such as flapjacks and crostini or drizzled onto soups, stir fries or guacamole. This mild tasting oil adds an amazing flavour to your cabbage, beans, potatoes or literally anywhere you would want to replace butter and where the taste of olive oil would be too intrusive.
Chefs have been quick to latch onto the joys of cooking with Second Nature’s rapeseed oil, because it compliments their cooking and doesn’t over power the flavours they are creating and it adds a richness of colour to it that looks fantastic on the plate.
It is important that you buy your rapeseed oil in a dark glass bottle or tin as the high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids (Omega 3 & Omega 6) are light sensitive and can be damaged by plastic. It is also important to store rapeseed oil in a cool place with the lid properly secured, i.e not beside the cooker with a pourer attached!
When growing certified organic rapeseed, we are not permitted to use round-up (glyphosate) or any other herbicides to eradicate weeds. Roundup and emergence sprays are commonly used in conventional farming in Ireland today. However, there is growing evidence that the use of this herbicide can result in reproductive damage as well as damage to the kidney and liver. There are studies that show a link between the chemical and cancer. Roundup is one of the most toxic herbicides and shows adverse effects in all standard categories of toxicological testing, including medium-term toxicity, long-term toxicity, genetic damage, effects on reproduction, and carcinogenicity. Roundup was designed by Monsanto. The draw for farmers is the promised reduced costs and increased yields and thus extra profit over organic systems. There are many different contact and systemic herbicides used by farmers growing rapeseed conventionally (non organically) but roundup is the most common.
Fungicides are also commonly used when growing rapeseed conventionally. Fungicides are chemical compounds or biological organisms used to kill or inhibit fungi or fugal spores which can result in critical losses of yield and therefore profit. Fungicide residues have been found on food for human consumption and have been shown to cause adverse health effects.
Insecticides are often sprayed on conventionally grown rapeseed in order to avoid yield loss by the pollen beetle. These insecticides have been proven to have adverse health effects such as reproductive problems, liver, kidney and spleen problems, cardiovascular problems and increased cancer risks.
Rather than being subjected to hexane extraction, our organic oils are expeller pressed. The yield using expeller pressing is lower than more efficient petrochemical extraction, but the process is much kinder to the environment. Although hexane is removed from oil (and therefore disclosure on labels of its use is not required), expeller pressing eliminates the concern some people have about potential chemical residue.
This is our organic symbol which is your guarantee that no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides or any other chemicals or genetically modified seed have been used to produce Second Nature’s oils. The soil used to produce this high quality culinary oil has been free from any nasty chemicals for over 35 years because we believe that it makes sense that healthy soil yields healthy produce.
“The health of soil, plant, animal and man is one and indivisible”
(Eve Balfour – The Living Soil)