Summer Harvest Rapeseed Oil wins Double Gold Star at Great Taste Awards 2010

By | Jul 22, 2010

I was delighted to find out that Summer Harvest Oils won a Double Gold star from this year’s Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards.  Their Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil has been appearing at a lot of food events including Farmers Market, BBC Food Show, Taste Edinburgh and The Royal Highland Show.

I first encountered cold pressed rapeseed oil in our local Farm Foods outlet at Knowes Farm Foods in East Lothian. It doesn’t have the deep flavours and spicy kick that addicts me to some of the Spanish and Greek olive oils but as a local Scottish product with low food miles and a nice clean taste it is now a staple in the food cupboard. TIP: it mixes really well with balsamic and wine vinegars.

The idea of this particular oil belongs to Mark Bush. When Mark moved from working in the IT industry in London to his father-in-law’s farm in Perthshire he just new there was potential in cold pressed rape seed oil. Several year later his idea is now reaping awards and building a growing market as customers look to new healthier oils for cooking and salads.

“I am an enthusiastic cook and when I came to Scotland I knew that I wanted to do something in the food industry. I started to do market research into rapeseed oils to see how to get started and I came across Alan Brewis in Northumberland. There is nothing about oil pressing that Alan Brewis doesn’t know, he is the guru, and he taught us everything we needed to know, he also supplies all the equipment for pressing,” says Mark.

“The public is waking up to cold pressed oil and now that we are attending more food events, like the BBC Good Food Show and Taste Edinburgh we find that our market awareness is growing. People come along and say… “I saw you at…”, and it starts a conversation, which is ideal, as it allows us to promote the cooking and health benefits of the oil face to face.”

The oil is light green in colour with a fresh taste and a slight hint of nuttiness. The taste of Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil will vary depending on producers. Mark is keen to point out that Summer Harvest Oil won a taste test at Demijohn’s Liquid Deli and they now stock the oil at their shops in Glasgow, Edinburgh and York as the only example of Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil.

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