Black & Gold began in the harvest of 2010 at Stevenson Mains farm just outside Haddington, where the Elder family have been farming since the 1850s. The rapeseed crop had been introduced to the farm’s rotation in the 1980s as a break crop in the wheat and barley rotation.
Rapeseed was introduced to the UK to increase oil production. It wasn’t until 30 years later that UK farmers started to cold-press some of their own seed for culinary use.
We chose the name Black & Gold because of the contrast of the black seed in the sheds at harvest time with the rich gold liquid that is released.
Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil
Cold pressing is when the seed is crushed in an oil press and filtered. Heat pressing can extract more oil but it does introduce colourants, artificial anti-oxidants or anti-flammable agents to create a homogenised product.
At Black & Gold we keep it simple. We take the ripened black seeds from the pods and crush them to release golden oil. That's it. By cold pressing the oil, the levels of naturally occurring antioxidants, the original flavour, viscosity and taste are beautifully preserved.
So when you use a drop of Black & Gold you can be assured that this is a quality product from our own fields in East Lothian, gently pressed to retain natural nutrients, flavour and highlight local value.