Rape (Rapeseed) Seeds
Rape, also called rapeseed or colza, a plant of the mustard family (Brassicaceae), grown for its seeds, which yield canola, or rapeseed, oil. Canola oil is variously used in cooking, as an ingredient in soap and margarine, and as a lamp fuel (colza oil).
Rape is an annual plant, 30 cm (1 foot) or taller, with a long, usually thin taproot. Its leaves are smooth, bluish-green, and deeply scalloped, and the bases of the upper leaves clasp the stem. Rape bears four-petaled yellow flowers in spikes. Each elongated round pod has a short beak and contains many seeds.
Plant rapeseed in a site that has moist, fertile soil and is in full sun. The soil needs to be well-draining.
Broadcast seeds by hand and cover with 25 to 40mm of soil. Water rape seed immediately after planting and once a month during the growing season to keep the soil moist. Reduce watering during significant rainfall and increase if a dry spell occurs.
Harvest the dried and swollen seed pods from August and cull the seeds from the pods for processing.