During late spring and early summer, crop fields in the South Island come to life with the golden flowers of premium rapeseed. We cold-press the precious oil from the seed. No chemicals. No heat. The oil retains its fresh sunshine flavour and its high nutritional quality. It is pure rich golden oil with a mild nutty taste. Perfect for dressings, salads and dips and its high smoke point means it is ideal for frying roasting and baking.

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50% less
saturated fat
than olive oil

Ideal for frying
roasting, dressings,
and baking

source of
vitamin E


The Good Oil is grown in South Canterbury and Southland where, in early summer the fields come to life with brilliant golden rapeseed flowers.

Once harvested the rapeseed is delivered to Pure Oil New Zealand’s modern crush plant in Rolleston, Canterbury where it is cold pressed, with no added heat or chemicals, to extract the oil.

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Natural Nutrition

The ‘High Oleic’ rapeseed used in the production of the Good Oil provides a unique, beneficial balance of fats:
  • Low in saturated fat - 50% less than olive oil.
  • High in stable, healthy monounsaturated fat.

The Good Oil is a fresh and minimally processed oil. Naturally rich in Vitamin E, an essential vitamin and beneficial dietary antioxidant.

Versatility for passionate home chefs

The Good Oil is extracted using the gentle cold-press method. Retaining all of the natural flavour, aroma, and nutritional value of the rapeseed.

The premium quality oil has a delicate mildly nutty taste, which compliments other food flavours without overpowering. Making it the ideal oil for New Zealand’s diverse cooking styles.

Ease for busy home cooks

The Good Oil’s high stable monounsaturated fat content, freshness and quality provide heat stability and a high smoke point. Making it the ideal oil for frying, roasting and baking.

The Good Oil’s deliciously golden colour, fresh cold pressed flavour and delicate aroma make it a natural choice for dipping, dressings and salads.

Sustainable and traceable quality

Pure Oil New Zealand has full oversight of the growing and oil production process. The utmost care is taken throughout the whole supply chain.

This begins with supplying GE free seeds for planting, diligent oversight of the growing and harvesting of the rapeseed crop, then storing both the oilseed and oil in the correct conditions.

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Coffee & Spice Cake

With an electric beater, beat the eggs and sugar until light, fluffy and doubled in size (about 4 minutes). Then drizzle in The Good Oil as you continue beating...

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Rapeseed & Raspberry Cake

Beat sugar and eggs using an electric beater until light, fluffy and doubled in size...

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Canterbury A&P Show Orange Cake

Wash the orange and cut into quarters. Remove any pips and place the flesh and peel into a food processor...

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The Good Oil Kids - Chocolate Cupcakes

Pickup a bottle of the Good Oil and some Decorative Sprinkles from your local supermarket and have fun with your little ones making these really good cupcakes!

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In a small bowl beat the yoghurt and egg, then drizzle in The Good Oil in slowly as you continue beating. Add the lemon...

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Roast Vegetable Quiche

In blender, or by hand, mix water and The Good Oil into flour until just combined. Wrap in cling film and chill for 1-2 hours...

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Salmon Asparagus & Onion Quiche

In blender, or by hand, mix water and The Good Oil into flour until just combined. Wrap in cling film and chill for 1-2 hours...

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Balsamic Dressing

Mix all ingredients together and stir well or shake up in a mason jar. Drizzle over your favourite summer salad and enjoy!

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Jess Maclennan's Warm Winter Salad

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Jess Maclennan's Salted Peanut Butter Granola

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Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Preheat oven to 170C and line an oven tray with baking paper. Place cherry tomatoes on prepared tray, drizzle with oil...

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Roast Veggie Chips

Preheat oven to 220C and line an oven tray with baking paper. Cut potatoes into 1cm-thick chips...

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Golden Fries

Preheat oven to 220C and line an oven tray with baking paper. Cut potatoes into 1cm-thick chips...

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Golden Aioli

Blend all ingredients, except oil and lemon juice in a food processor for about 1 minute until well combined and frothy...

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Basil Pesto

In a food processor, combine basil, garlic and nuts. Pulse together until everything is roughly chopped...

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Golden Croutons

Use a bread knife to cut bread into 1-2cm sized cubes or tear for a more rustic crouton. Place bread on prepared tray and drizzle...

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Caesar Salad

Blend all ingredients, except oil, lemon juice and Parmesan in a food processor for about 1 minute until well combined and frothy...

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Peach Summer Salad

Combine all vinaigrette ingredients in a jar with a lid. Shake until combined. If you don’t have a jar, whisk in a bowl...

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Aglio E 'Bravo' Olio with Parmesan Crumb

Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Heat 2 Tbsp of The Good Oil in a fry-pan on medium heat. Add breadcrumbs...

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Oven-Baked Butternut Pumpkin Risotto with Pancetta & Crispy Sage

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Heat butter and 3 tbsp The Good Oil in a large flame-proof, oven-proof dish with a lid, on medium-high heat...

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Home-made Tortilla Chips & Yellow Tomato Salsa

Preheat oven to 220C. Line an oven tray with baking paper. Cut each tortilla into 8 triangle wedges...

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Home-made Pizza Dough Base

Put the warm water and sugar or hone in a large bowl and stir to dissolve. Sprinkle yeast over the top and allow to stand in a warm place...

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Home-made Pizza Sauce

Heat The Good Oil in a medium saucepan or deep frypan over medium heat. Cook onion and garlic with a pinch of salt for about 4 minutes until soft...

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Pizza Margherita

Preheat oven to 230C. Preheat two pizza stones or two oven trays. Place each base onto a piece of baking paper...

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Rosemary & Rock Salt Pizza Bread

Preheat 230°C. Preheat two pizza stones or oven trays. Put the warm water and sugar or honey in a large bowl...

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Crispy Fish Burgers with Homemade Tartare Sauce

Place flour and salt in a bowl, whisk egg and milk together in a second bowl. Add breadcrumbs to a third bowl...

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Homemade Tartare Sauce

Blend all ingredients, except oil and lemon juice in a food processor for about 1 minute until well combined...

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Crispy Lemon Pepper Potato Rounds

Preheat oven to 220C. Toss potato rounds on two trays, make sure they are in a single layer, drizzle with...

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Carrot Cake

Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt into a large mixing bowl, add walnuts...

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Halloumi with Pomegranate & Pineapple Salsa

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Chris Dennison

Arable Farmer and Contract Rapeseed Grower for Pure Oil New Zealand

My names is Chris Dennison. Along with my wife Kay and adult children Rebecca and Harry, we grow 400 hectares of arable crops on the Waitaki Plains, just north of Oamaru. The crops produced are wheat, barley, ryegrass seed and rapeseed. We have been contract rapeseed growers for Pure Oil New Zealand since 2010 and currently grow around 80 hectares of rapeseed per year.

Our farm, Drumena Farm, is exactly on the 45th parallel, halfway between the Equator and the South Pole. It is also right next to the Pacific Ocean. I can actually throw a stone from some of my rapeseed fields into the sea. Drumena Farm has been in the family since 1919 and my father Jim who still lives on the farm is out and around the property daily at the age of 91.

Rapeseed is an important part of our cropping rotation. It helps restore valuable organic matter to the soil while the roots of the rapeseed plant act as a type of bio-fumigant which enables us to grow good crops of wheat following a rapeseed crop.

Our coastal climate and cooler summers allow rapeseed to thrive. This, along with a reliable water supply from the Waitaki River for irrigation, means that our rapeseed yields can match the best in the world. In Februrary2015 we set a new world record for rapeseed yield which was broken later that year by a grower in the UK.

Rapeseed is planted early in the autumn which makes for a busy autumn schedule. The advantage is that it ripens early in summer, spreading the harvest workload. Early ripening also means that the crop matures before the hottest time of the year. Its long root system also draws moisture from deep in the soil. So even though we do have irrigation, rapeseed is not demanding for water. Often one well timed irrigation will be sufficient, making it a very water efficient crop.

I enjoy the rapeseed harvest. It is easy to dry and a pleasure to handle as it is not dusty like other cereals. Because the plants stand tall rapeseed can also tolerate wet weather if it rains over the harvest period. We employ one permanent staff member and an extra person at harvest which helps ensure the crop is harvested quickly and transported to Pure Oil NZ’s Rolleston Crush Plant.
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Roger Lasham and Matt Murney

Pure Oil New Zealand Agronomists help grow Quality Good Oil

Our wonderful New Zealand climate is just the perfect place to grow the Good Oil, Cool winters and long sunny days over the flowering period and hopefully harvest is the ideal combination of weather to produce a quality seed that will ultimately lead to a high quality Good Oil.

The growing process is supported by one full time field agronomist and a highly experienced technical support agronomist with over 25 years growing experience of the crop, both in New Zealand and the UK.

The role of our Agronomy team is to fully support any aspect of growing the crop in a sustainable way that insures the seed is of the highest quality when it reaches our crushing plant and turned into the Good Oil.

The Agronomy team select the varieties of Oil Seed Rape from a trial program where we test seed lines in our own climate and select the best varieties for producing quality oil and a yield that provides the growers with a sustainable crop. We also select for disease resistance, anti-lodging and crops that are resistant to seed shatter. Along with helping growers plan a crop rotation that includes a range of crops to prevent disease build up and insures the crop gets off to a healthy start.

Our agronomy team looks after the crop from planting to harvest and gives growers advice on establishment methods to help them achieve the desired plant population and root structure that can support the crop in times of drought, a crop with good root structure is very efficient when it comes to utilising water and nutrients. All these things help reduce crop stress and assists with natural prevention of pests and diseases.

The crop is monitored regularly and all inputs are applied in a timely manner to insure the crop has the best possible chance of success, during the flowering period the crop is very attractive to both Bumble Bees and Honey Bees providing a good source of nectar and assist the crop with pollination to ensure good seed set.

In the lead up to harvest the crop is closely monitored to make sure that the crop is harvested at the optimum time when the seed is fully mature and of the highest quality. We aim to get the crop into store in a cool and dry state that is of the ideal moisture and temperature to store until the seed is required for the crushing process. It is attention to detail from the Growers and the Agronomy team that result in the production of a quality seed that ultimately leads to a quality Good Oil.
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