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Bork bork bork?

There are pretty fields of rapeseed flowers not far from my ma's house, and recently on a sunny day I stopped to get a few shots. Mixed with the blue sky, my thought process went from this to Ikea to Sweden itself and inevitably, blissfully, to The Muppets. Bork bork bork, bork bork, bork bork bork!


If you'd like some now-I-can-answer-the-worst-pub-quiz-question-in-the-world random knowledge to accompany my gibberish, here's some text from the wikipedia page on this nice yet unfortunately named plant:


"In agriculture, canola is the name given to certain varieties of rapeseed oil, or the oil produced from those varieties. Canola is a trademark for a hybrid variety of rape initially bred in Canada ("canola" being an acronym for Canadian oil, low acid[3]). Rapeseed oil was produced in the 19th century as a source of a lubricant for steam engines. It was less useful as food for animals or humans because it has a bitter taste due to high levels of glucosinolates. Canola has been bred to reduce the amount of glucosinolates, yielding a more palatable oil. This has had the side-effect that the oil contains much less erucic acid.


Rapeseed is grown for the production of animal feed, vegetable oil for human consumption, and biodiesel; leading producers include the European Union, Canada, the United States, Australia, China and India. In India, it is grown on 13% of cropped land. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, rapeseed was the third leading source of vegetable oil in the world in 2000, after soybean and oil palm, and also the world's second leading source of protein meal, although only one-fifth of the production of the leading soybean meal."


Fun stuff, right?! If you lust for more of that hot & steamy text, there's plenty more at the wikipedia page. If you can handle it. Ooooh.

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Taken on April 17, 2011