It is Canola season in the Overberg and now is the perfect time to ignite your Instagram feed with magical images of nature’s own patchwork of luminous gold – dramatically contrasted against blue skies and purple mountains. On your drive to Morukuru Ocean House and Morukuru Beach Lodge you can immerse yourself in kilometres and kilometres of picturesque fields showcasing the local landscape of vivid yellow and lush green.
Canola is derived from rapeseed and was developed in Canada in the 1960s along with the cute-sounding name which is an abbreviation of Canadian oil, low acid.
It is grown in the Western Cape as a winter crop and yields can reach an impressive height of 175cm with the oil being pressed from the tiny brown seeds found in pods on the plant.
Canola is good source of Vitamin E and the oil is great for frying and baking as it has a high heat tolerance plus Canola is also used in animal feed, as a high quality organic fertilizer and is grown as a biofuel.