Archive for June, 2012

  • is that mustard seed?

    Jun 28, 12 • jo • Artisan Producers, Ingredients, UncategorizedComments OffRead More »
    is that mustard seed?

    Is that mustard seed, a fellow blogger from Egypt asked about the endless yellow fields of early summer?  No, I said, its rapeseed remembering back 10 years when I’d wondered myself what the vast swaths of yellow crops were. Rapeseed has come along way since then, indeed a report earlier this year noted that sales are up 28% year-on-year to £7.6m and volumes up almost 9% [Kantar Worldpanel 52w/e 19 February 2012]. Yet many of us still don’t have it in our cupboards, preferring olive oil instead.  The italian heavy weight has an amazing marketing story and while rapeseed producers are attempting the same feat, it’s bound to take time.  And let’s face it most of us are creatures of habit, we run out of something, we buy the same thing again – simple. So I was really intrigued when I was asked to try Manor Gold cold pressed rapeseed oil.  I’m a big fan of buying local from small producers; they really do need shoppers support. Manor Gold is produced just 14 miles away from where I live by Chris Edwards and his family on their farm in Hatton, Market Drayton.  They only use their own harvested rapeseed to produce the Manor Gold brand, a nutty oil, cold pressed in the traditional way with nothing else added. When the bottles arrived (I got two) it was like opening a bag

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