Scientific Name: Brassica Napus
Description: Possibly originating in the Mediterranean, rapeseed, is a plant from whose seeds the oil/rapeseed is extracted. It stands out as being the third most produced oilseed in the world. Rapeseed oil needs to be refined to become fit for consumption.
- It is favourable for bone health,
- Attenuate hepatic steatosis,
- Helps in reducing cardiovascular pathologies.
Planting Tips: Do not sow rapeseed on dry soil as the result will be low plant yield or low grain yield. Rapeseed cultivation requires cool seasons.
Soil: Rapeseed requires fertile, well-drained soil. The pH should be above 5.5 and the fertilization should be balanced.
Exposure: Rapeseed is a kind of temperate/cold climate.
Irrigation: Both scarcity and excess water should be avoided as it may decrease grain yield. Rapeseed does not tolerate soggy soils.
Harvesting: Begin harvesting when the moisture content of the grains is up to 18%. The predominant colour of the beans is the best indicator.
Life cycle: Annual.