Since my childhood, every spring there are a few glorious weeks when vast fields turn bright yellow.
What is surprising is that the cause of this is a member of the cabbage family, Brassica napus, or its more unfortunate English names “Oilseed rape,” or “Rapeseed.”
Rapeseed is produced as the source of vegetable oil. It’s small black seeds are crushed to yield surprising quantities of the oil, which is used not only in food for human consumption but also for animal feed, medicines, chainsaw lubricant and bio-diesel.
It’s flowers are nectar rich and a good food source for insects.
However, rape is quick to grow and when it is harvested a smell of rotten cabbages can be left behind.