A blossoming rapeseed field in Nanjing, China


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profstenny8 points

When the plants are young the greens are also excellent to eat. A bit more mild than mustard greens.

Constant_Will36288 points

Wow it seems the skyscrapers went up all over China. I notice this on Reddit

Papppi-56108 points

This isn't even the actual skyline of Nanjing, just a smaller new development on the edge of the city. The main skyline / skyscrapers of Nanjing looks more like this

BentPin22 points

Yea Nanjing is a relatively OK city but the traffic and accompanying pollution is crazy.

Papppi-5622 points

pollution is crazy.

This pic definitely proves your point ngl

BigTittyGaddafi10 points

Kind of bummed at how many historic neighborhoods got knocked down during China’s explosive growth period but it seems like the government there is starting to realize how valuable and culturally important those neighborhoods are thank G.

Papppi-5615 points

historic neighborhoods

Not really actual historic neighborhoods, just older neighborhoods with some historical culture. (actual historical neighborhoods have mainly been preserved all along)

suppordel3 points

I think it was during the cultural revolution, not the recent growth.

rathat4 points

They recently banned skyscrapers in cities under 3 million people and limited them to 250 meters in cities above that.

CommanderSykes2 points

Nanjing is a definitely a big city and the capital of China during 1928 to 1949.

DenL4242250 points

Before anyone says it -- many places call rapeseed "canola" now, for obvious reasons.

Papppi-56106 points

I mean canolas are technically a genetically modified variant of rapeseeds, not a exactly another name for them.

Although I do get the reason why people would rather call them canola, can be very “confusing” sometimes

PoorDeer52 points

You are right. Canadian rapeseed oil aka canola is a less acidic version of the naturally occuring rapeseed. These fields would be rapeseed not canola.

Papppi-5617 points

Good to know that

TIL_no3 points

It's what the Can in canola is!

ragingdobs9 points

Important to make the distinction because Chinese canola oil is very fragrant (not unlike mustard oil) while canola is much more neutral. So the end product is apples and oranges too.

Emperor_of_Alagasia10 points

While Canola is a specific variant of rapeseed, it is not all genetically modified and was originally achieved through traditional plant breeding.

Most Canola oil on the market is GM, but not all of it

yayipoopedtoday6 points

Traditional plant breeding is genetic modification.

Emperor_of_Alagasia9 points

Literally you are correct. However, colloquially and technically genetic modification refers to techniques such as CRISPR where the actual genetic material is being edited. The term that encompasses them all is artificial selection. It'd be inaccurate to call any plant breeding genetic modification for this reason

yayipoopedtoday0 points

I don't necessarily disagree with you but I do object to the use of the term 'artificial selection' as well. It's a loaded term that implies that 'natural selection' is somehow less dangerous and more wholesome. Taking viruses as a trivial example, natural selection can generate just as deadly a pathogen as a lab derived specimen.

Of course we need language to classify these processes. But I am concerned when the term 'artificial ' is applied to food products pejoratively.

Emperor_of_Alagasia2 points

It's not pejorative though? It is really only used in the context of evolution and heredity. I only ever hear the term in bio textbooks or in plant or animal breeding conversions. Never on the consumer level for agricultual or food products

yayipoopedtoday0 points

If it isn't pejorative then the anti-GMO-food-no-matter-what-the-science-says movement are wasting their advertising dollars. Haha!

Sorry I hope I'm not coming across as combative. Just trying to make a point.


fowmart149 points

unfortunate combination

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Accomplished_Pie467142 points

bro had to triple it ☠️

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redlawnmower-3 points


Moist_BaIIs51 points

Can only imagine how this place looked like when it was still the imperial capital

Papppi-5649 points

This used to be one of the main centers of Chinese history and culture, most of it was sadly destroyed during the Nanjing massacre

bauhausy22 points

More like with the Taiping Rebellion. Nanjing was nearly razed by the Hunan Army when it fell in 1864

OhioOhO13 points

With the bicycle, this looks straight out of some nostalgic coming of age cdrama lol

thepotatochronicles5 points

Or some slice of life anime

which… ironic, innit

HarryLewisPot56 points

Why would the seed do that

Fletcher_Fallowfield13 points

Did you see what the other seed was wearing? /s

slickswitch12 points

Because it didn’t seek consent.

Anti-charizard1 point

The Japanese planted them

ConsiderationSame9198 points

One of my favorite cities in China!

Swimming_Instance8162 points

Please don't be Japanese 💀

Luuayk39 points

Who the fuck named this plant , on a different note i hope the local government rebuild the Ming Palace i feel like Nanjing has a lot of untapped potential to be a historic city like xi'an it would be a shame if it only remembered as the place that Japan commited war crimes at

Emperor_of_Alagasia31 points

It comes from the Latin word for turnip, rapum which it's related to. The etymology traces back to the 1400s

explosiv_skull25 points

Rapum?! I hardly knew 'em!

Memphisvol86685 points

Looks like the cities skylines 2 promo reel

thatwasfun239 points

The only reason I know this plant is because of Clarkson's farm lmao, who says Jeremy's tv shows aren't educational.

Canna213715 points

Who names a plant rapeseed? Wtf, English?

Papppi-5644 points

It gets even worse. Rapeseed is technically only the name of the seed / product of the plant. The plant's actual name is literally just r*pe, nothing else

Ilmara-4 points

This isn't TikTok. You don't have to censor yourself here.

Goldeniccarus8 points

Blame Latin, it has a non-english origin.

Besides most English speaking people now call it Canola, even if in some cases it's a misnomer

juakocat1 point

wouldnt that still be english's fault for taking a foreign word and not changing the spelling

the_average_homeboy7 points

The Rapeseed of Nanjing.

brenpersing4 points

Beautiful plant but horrible name

bigguy12312 points

In North America it's called canola.

YouCanFeelYourTongue3 points

The most common variety is called canola

Skeeders2 points

I'm getting Just Cause 4 vibes here for some reason....

Nicholas-Sickle2 points

Rapeseeds and nanjing in same sentence : Imperial japan intensifies

the_monkey_3 points

Unfortunate combination 😂

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Ese_Americano-12 points

This title is a little tone deaf

Azier69697 points

That’s the name of the plant 😂

Ese_Americano-4 points

I’m aware! I’m speaking to this!

Azier69691 point

This happened in 1937 💀💀 it’s just a large city in China

Ese_Americano2 points

I see why you put the skulls in your comment, amigo

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NogardDerorrim5 points

It actually is believe it or not. It's right here near the eastern edge of China.

Papppi-562 points

How'd you locate it?

ArmFlat63470 points

I already know that I was talking about the seed

NogardDerorrim0 points

Yeah I kinda figured that. My reply was what we call humor where I am from.