• 29/12/07
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farmshop.jpgA guy called Matthew who has been doing similar local eating for years now on the west coast (near East Kilbride)  contacted us and will be contributing to the blog in the New Year. Matthew has particular experience in gardening and growing as well as pickling, culturing / fermentation so will be writing on this. As this is an area we don’t have a lot of expertise in (!) this is great.
He’s also going to be (hopefully) offering seed swaps and discussing the wider issues of local eating. So welcome to Matthew – we look forward to your input.
Rachel from Wales also emailed us saying: “I live in Southwest Wales and am also attempting a local diet  – obviously I still buy coffee, but I don’t buy olive oil any more.  I buy cold-pressed rapeseed oil from Northamptonshire – http://www.farrington-oils.co.uk/ – okay, it’s not Wales, but it’s close than Italy or Spain!  There are a number of small farms in the UK making rapeseed oil now – I think one is even near-ish to you — http://www.borderfields.co.uk/oleifera/.   I use it for everything I used to use olive oil for…  Check it out — let me know what you think…  And keep up the good work!”
Thanks for that Rachel. Peoples views / experiences of Rapeseed Oils much appreciated. I haven’t tried them but have heard various negative feedback about their environmental credentials and their taste. Happy to be proved wrong.
  • Jessica Gregory January 4, 2008 at 10:21

    My name is Jessica — not Rachel — I’m the person who emailed you about the rapeseed oil.

    There is a world of difference between commercially produced canola/rapeseed oil and cold-pressed rapeseed oil. Commercially produced canola oils probably do have lots of insecticides on them. As for taste, I generally find them fairly tasteless. For a discussion of more rumours about canola oil, see http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/canola.asp.

    I don’t think any of the UK rapeseed oil producers have got organic certification, but they are all small family-run businesses, and I’m sure they would be more than willing to answer any questions you have about crop spraying, etc. As for the taste — it is delicious — slightly nutty….

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