On the Estate we grow about 120 hectares of oilseed rape each year, producing around 500 tonnes of rapeseed. The seed is harvested in July, dried to 8% moisture content, then conditioned and stored for up to 12 months before it is pressed.
Step 1: The rapeseed is sown and grown on the Leckford Estate.
Step 2: The seeds are harvested and stored for up to 15 months.
Step 3: The seed is then cold pressed. The two screw presses in our oilseed processing unit can work 24/7, generating up to 20 or more litres of oil per hour.
Step 4: The oil is bottled, capped and labelled by our dedicated oilseed processing unit Partner
Step 5: The end result is a beautifully coloured oil, presented in two formats, a 500 ml bottle and a 250 ml bottle. They are dispatched to Waitrose branches and our Farm Shop
Step 6: What remains after this operation is a pelleted residue which we feed to our dairy cows for extra protein, ensuring that we are wasting as little as possible!
Rapeseed oil has a health advantage over olive oil in that it has just 6% saturated fat content, which is less than half the 14% of most olive oil. It also has higher levels important fatty acids - Omega 3, 6 and 9 - than any other vegetable oil. The Omega 3 content of rapeseed oil is some 11 times higher than olive oil.
What are the uses?
- Frying and deep fat frying
With all these benefits and uses, why not pop into your local Waitrose store, or visit the Leckford Estate Farm Shop and grab your bottle of sustainable, British cold pressed rapeseed oil today.