The Edinburgh ethical grocers Real Foods recently invited people to volunteer as product reviewers and I was delighted to be chosen! For my first review I chose Supernature lemongrass infused rapeseed oil.
Carrington Barns Farm in the Lothians, 8 miles from Edinburgh. The farm uses a spring rapeseed plant, which is planted in
April and harvested in September. Its natural rapid growth means that
there is no need for the use of any herbicides or fungicides and the by-product of cold pressing is put to good use as high
quality animal feed, ensuring nothing is wasted. I have to admit to not really liking the sight of the excessively vivid fields of rape, but there's no doubting that this is an ethically and locally produced cooking oil, with claims also to be healthier than olive oil.
So how does it taste? Crafty Green Boyfriend and I initially tried the taste test as done at tasting events in the Real Foods stores - we dipped pieces of bread into the oil. I thought it was delicious while Crafty Green Boyfriend's comment was 'bit too lemongrassy for me, but it might be nice used in cooking'. Which was exactly what I did next using it to fry up onions, mushrooms, carrots and courgettes with a touch of freshly grated ginger and some ground coriander then adding lentils and water and boiling it all up and serving it with noodles. It tasted delicious and the lemongrass taste was subtle enough to keep Crafty Green Boyfriend happy.
There are several other flavours of oils produced by Supernature, the garlic oil sounds particularly appealing.
Supernature Lemongrass infused rapeseed oil is available instore or online at Real Foods.
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