Rape Fields

Rape Field in Bloom, Kilruddery, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

There is something comforting about eating foods that you can see growing in the fields and waters of Ireland. Whether it is good Irish beef, or fish or strawberries, or the newest food craze – Irish rapeseed oil.

Who ever saw a crop of olives or sunflowers in our fields, yet we use thousands of tonnes of their delicious but well travelled oils every year to flavour salads and fry food.

Our own Irish produced rapeseed oil is delicious, looks great and has less than half the saturated fat of olive oil and 11 times more of the good fat Omega 3, which we are told serves to protect us from heart attacks, strokes and arthritis.

And no air-miles are consumed in its transportation to our kitchen tables. So it is a no-brainer really to substitute some of the foreign oils we buy with home produced rapeseed oil.

The last bottle I bought cost €5.99 in Superquinn on Castle St. It is a beautiful golden colour and makes delicious dressings and sauces. A little goes a long way. In Bray, I know it is also stocked by Avoca Kilmacanogue and The Larder Deli on Main St.

And do drive down the Southern Cross Road to see Kilruddery’s field of golden rape flowers in bloom against the backdrop of the Sugarloaf mountain. A sight to whet your appetite!

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The editor of this diary lives in Diamond Valley, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Diamond Valley is a modern apartment community in the old setting of the Valley of Diamonds, alongside the river Dargle. Contact editor@diamondvalley.ie
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