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Plant Identification: SOLVED: Beautiful Blooming Cover Crop

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Winston Salem, NC
(Zone 7a)

April 15, 2013
8:25 PM

Post #9485514

As we drive through the Piedmont of N.C., we see hundreds of acres of this beautiful golden blooming cover crop. What is it?

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Beautiful, BC
(Zone 9b)

April 15, 2013
8:37 PM

Post #9485529

Is that Mustard Seed?
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

April 15, 2013
8:43 PM

Post #9485538

Yes, mustard/canola/rapeseed.


United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

April 16, 2013
2:51 AM

Post #9485642

Oilseed Rape.

Mustard flowers a bit later in the summer.

Winston Salem, NC
(Zone 7a)

April 16, 2013
8:11 PM

Post #9486667

Hmmm...I wonder if rapeseed and canola are the same plant?
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 7b)

April 16, 2013
8:35 PM

Post #9486691

RebeccaLynn wrote:Hmmm...I wonder if rapeseed and canola are the same plant?

Yes, they are... back in the day, the original name was "low-erucic acid rapeseed oil". Needless to say, this name was deemed as not very marketable, as it mentions both "rape" and containing a potentially toxic component. As much of this crop is grown in Canada, a major re branding campaign was undertaken to rename the product as "canola oil" (Canada + oil). So now we have "canola oil" - no association with rape or toxic fatty acids. And it's an excellent vegetable oil - lots of healthy monounsaturated fats, neutral flavor, and the lowest "unhealthy" components compared to most veg. oils.
Winston Salem, NC
(Zone 7a)

April 29, 2013
6:16 PM

Post #9501827

Thanks, TomH3787, for the information! The crop is beautiful in the field, and the oil is a healthy choice for cooking.

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