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Gold of Pleasure

Camelina sativa

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Brassicaceae (Cabbage)
Also in this family:
Alpine Pennycress, Alpine Rock-cress, American Wintercress, Annual Wall Rocket, Austrian Yellowcress, Awlwort, Bastard Cabbage, Black Mustard, Bristol Rock-cress, Charlock, Common Scurvygrass, Common Whitlowgrass, Coralroot, Creeping Yellowcress, Cuckooflower, Dame's-violet, Danish Scurvygrass, Dittander, Early Wintercress, Eastern Rocket, English Scurvygrass, Evergreen Candytuft, False London Rocket, Field Pennycress, Field Pepperwort, Flixweed, Garden Arabis, Garden Candytuft, Garden Cress, Garden Radish, Garden Rocket, Garlic Mustard, Glabrous Whitlowgrass, Great Yellowcress, Greater Cuckooflower, Greater Periwinkle, Greater Swinecress, Hairy Bittercress, Hairy Rock-cress, Hairy Rocket, Hairy Whitlowgrass, Hedge Mustard, Hoary Cress, Hoary Mustard, Hoary Stock, Hoary Whitlowgrass, Honesty, Horseradish, Hutchinsia, Hybrid Watercress, Intermediate Periwinkle, Isle of Man Cabbage, Large Bittercress, Lesser Swinecress, London Rocket, Lundy Cabbage, Marsh Yellowcress, Mountain Scurvygrass, Narrow-fruited Watercress, Narrow-leaved Bittercress, Narrow-leaved Pepperwort, Northern Rock-cress, Northern Yellowcress, Oilseed Rape, Perennial Rocket, Perennial Wall Rocket, Perfoliate Pennycress, Pinnate Coralroot, Purple Rock-cress, Pyrenean Scurvygrass, Rock Whitlowgrass, Russian Rocket, Scottish Scurvygrass, Sea Kale, Sea Radish, Sea Rocket, Sea Stock, Shepherd's Cress, Shepherd's Purse, Small-flowered Wintercress, Smith's Pepperwort, Steppe Cabbage, Swede, Sweet Alyssum, Tall Rocket, Thale Cress, Tower Mustard, Treacle Mustard, Trefoil Cress, Turnip, Wall Whitlowgrass, Wallflower, Wallflower Cabbage, Warty Cabbage, Watercress, Wavy Bittercress, White Mustard, Wild Cabbage, Wild Candytuft, Wild Radish, Wild Turnip, Wintercress, Woad, Yellow Whitlowgrass
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
120 centimetres tall
Fields, gardens, wasteland.

Yellow, 4 petals
Pale yellow flowers, 3 to 8mm in size.
Pear-shaped, yellowish-green pods whose brown seeds ripen in August.
An annual flower with lance-shaped leaves, half-clasping their stems. The bases of the leaves are arrow-shaped. The leaves alternate along their stems.
Other Names:
Camelina, False Flax, German Sesame, Linseed Dodder, Siberian Oilseed, Wild Flax.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  

Other Information


Camelina sativa, also known as camelina, gold-of-pleasure, or false flax, is a flowering plant in the Brassicaceae family. It is native to Europe and Asia, and is known for its tolerance to cold and drought. The plant is a small, annual or biennial herb that grows up to 1 meter in height, with narrow leaves and small, yellow or yellow-white flowers.

Camelina is cultivated for its seeds, which are a rich source of oil that has a high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids (such as alpha-linolenic acid) and antioxidants. The oil is used for biofuels, as well as for food, feed, and industrial applications.

The plant has a long history of use in the traditional agricultural systems of the regions it is native to. More recently it has gained popularity as an oilseed crop due to its ability to be grown in low-fertility, dry land areas and its high oil yield per unit area. It also can be grown as a break crop in rotation with cereal crops improving soil health and reducing the risk of pest and diseases.


Gold of Pleasure, scientifically known as Camelina sativa, is a flowering plant that belongs to the Brassicaceae family. It is an annual plant that grows up to 120 cm tall, with small yellow flowers that bloom from May to July. This plant is native to Europe and Asia but is now found in many other parts of the world, including North America.

Gold of Pleasure has been grown for thousands of years for its edible oil, which is known for its health benefits and nutritional value. The oil is extracted from the seeds of the plant and is used in cooking, as a dietary supplement, and for cosmetic purposes.

The oil extracted from Gold of Pleasure seeds is rich in unsaturated fatty acids, including omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These fatty acids are essential for human health and cannot be produced by the body, so they must be obtained from the diet. The oil also contains vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the body from damage caused by free radicals.

Gold of Pleasure oil has many health benefits, including reducing inflammation, improving heart health, and boosting the immune system. Studies have shown that consuming Gold of Pleasure oil can help lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of heart disease, and improve insulin sensitivity.

In addition to its health benefits, Gold of Pleasure oil is also used in cosmetics due to its moisturizing and nourishing properties. It is commonly used in hair care products to help strengthen and nourish hair, and in skin care products to help hydrate and protect the skin.

Gold of Pleasure is an environmentally friendly crop because it requires minimal water and fertilizer and is relatively resistant to pests and diseases. It is also a good crop for crop rotation because it helps improve soil fertility and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers.

Gold of Pleasure is an important crop that is gaining popularity in many parts of the world, including North America. It is easy to grow and requires minimal inputs, making it an attractive crop for small-scale farmers and organic growers. It can be grown in a wide range of soil types and is tolerant of cold and drought, making it a good choice for marginal lands.

In addition to its use as a source of oil, Gold of Pleasure has other uses as well. The plant residues can be used as animal feed, and the plant fibers can be used to make paper, textiles, and other products. The seeds can also be used as a source of protein, and there is growing interest in using Gold of Pleasure as a sustainable alternative to soybean meal in animal feed.

Gold of Pleasure has a long history of use in traditional medicine as well. It has been used to treat a wide range of ailments, including digestive disorders, skin conditions, and respiratory infections. While more research is needed to fully understand its medicinal properties, there is growing interest in the potential health benefits of Gold of Pleasure and its oil.

One of the most exciting potential applications of Gold of Pleasure is as a biofuel feedstock. The oil extracted from the seeds of the plant can be used as a biodiesel fuel, providing a sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels. There is growing interest in using Gold of Pleasure as a biofuel crop, particularly in Europe where there are incentives to support the production of renewable energy sources.

There are several factors that make Gold of Pleasure a promising crop for sustainable agriculture and food security. For one, it is a relatively low-input crop, requiring minimal fertilizer and irrigation. This makes it a good option for small-scale farmers who may not have access to expensive inputs. Additionally, its ability to grow in marginal lands means that it can be used to produce food and fuel without competing with crops grown on more valuable agricultural land.

Another important factor is that Gold of Pleasure is a non-GMO crop, meaning that it has not been genetically modified. This is an important consideration for many consumers who are concerned about the potential risks of genetically modified crops. As a non-GMO crop, Gold of Pleasure offers a sustainable and healthy alternative to other crops that have been genetically modified.

Finally, Gold of Pleasure is a crop that can be grown in a variety of regions and climates, making it a valuable option for food security. It is particularly well-suited to regions with cold and dry climates, where other crops may struggle to grow. This means that it has the potential to help feed people in regions that are vulnerable to food shortages and famine.

Despite its many benefits, there are also some challenges associated with growing and using Gold of Pleasure. One challenge is that the seeds are relatively small, which can make harvesting and processing them more difficult. Additionally, the oil has a strong flavor that may not be appealing to all consumers.

In addition to its nutritional and environmental benefits, Gold of Pleasure has cultural and historical significance in many regions. It has been cultivated for thousands of years in Europe and Asia, and was once an important crop for both food and fuel. In fact, its name, Camelina sativa, comes from the Latin word for camel, as it was traditionally used to feed camels during long journeys.

Gold of Pleasure also has cultural significance in certain Native American communities, where it has been used for traditional medicine and as a ceremonial plant. The Blackfeet Nation, for example, have used Gold of Pleasure for its medicinal properties, and it is considered a sacred plant that is often used in traditional healing ceremonies.

Furthermore, Gold of Pleasure has the potential to play an important role in sustainable and regenerative agriculture. As a crop that requires minimal inputs, it can help reduce the environmental impact of agriculture while providing important ecosystem services such as soil improvement and biodiversity enhancement. Additionally, as a crop that can be used for both food and fuel, it can help promote food security and energy independence in many regions.

In conclusion, Gold of Pleasure, also known as Camelina sativa, is a versatile and valuable crop with many potential applications. Its oil is highly nutritious and has a wide range of health benefits, and it can be used to produce animal feed, paper, textiles, and biofuels. As interest in sustainable agriculture, food security, and renewable energy continues to grow, Gold of Pleasure is poised to play an increasingly important role in meeting these challenges. Furthermore, its cultural and historical significance adds an important dimension to its use and cultivation, making it a crop that has both practical and symbolic value.

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