Many of our cooking and salad oils come from abroad, in particular olive oil and sunflower oil, because of the unsuitable climate here for growing these.
However, oilseed rape is grown in the UK and we have seen a couple of stalls at the Treacle Market, Macclesfield, selling quite local rapeseed oil, cold-pressed, so it is possible to reduce the food miles for your culinary oils. *Scroll down to the end for health information about rapeseed oil.
Brock and Morten are based in Ashford in the Water, Derbyshire, where they cold press and bottle their own crop. Contact details are on their website.
Just Oil (and Just Crisps) are in Staffordshire and again they cold press and bottle their own crop. Contact details are on their website.
Additionally, at Rode Hall Farmers’ Market, we’ve seen cold-pressed olive oil on sale that is produced from a family-owned olive grove in Crete. It cannot reduce the food miles, but as it is produced from one grove by one family, you can be sure of the provenance and quality. Saint Basil Olive Grove olive oil is also available by mail order.
*The British Heart Foundation has this to say about fats and oils:
Unsaturated fats: Unsaturated fats, which can be monounsaturated fats (for example olive oil, rapeseed oil…) or polyunsaturated fats (including sunflower oil and vegetable oil…), are a healthier choice.
Omega-3 fats are a particular type of polyunsaturated fat, usually found in oily fish, that can help protect heart health.
Trans fats: Another type of fat, known as trans fat, can also raise the amount of cholesterol in the blood.