Friday, April 27, 2012

Électrique Jaune (Electric Yellow)

Les champs de colza électrifier le paysage.
Fields of rape electrify the countryside.

Rapeseed (Brassica napus L.) was bred by scientists in Canada to produce a variation, canola, from which we now get canola oil (or huile de colza in French).  The name "canola" was derived from "Canadian oil, low acid".  (adapted from Wikipedia entry on Canola).

Interesting fact, non?  A close cousin to the field mustard (Brassica campestris L. or Brassica Rapa var.) which grows all over the vineyards in northern California, only here it is a cultivated crop. Mais bien sûr, il est «cultivé» c'est la France, n'est-ce pas? (But of course it is "cultivated" this is France, is it not?)