Rapeseed

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  • Country Origin: Bulgaria
IMAGE 1- Rapeseed Rapeseed is a bright-yellow flowering member of the family Brassicaceae, cultivated mainly for its oil-rich seed, the third-largest source of vegetable oil in the world. Rapeseed oil was produced in the 19th century as a source of a lubricant for steam engines, because it was less useful as food for animals or humans because it has a bitter taste due to high levels of glucosinolates. Varieties have now been bred to reduce the content of glucosinolates, yielding a more palatable oil. This has had the side effect that the oil contains much less erucic acid.