What is Canola Oil?

Canola oil is a vegetable oil derived from a variety of rapeseed plant that is low in erucic acid.

Canola was derived from rapeseed using traditional plant breeding methods. This was done to remove the undesirable qualities of Rapeseed, namely high erucic acid and glucosinolates.

Erucic acid at over 2% concentration by weight is not considered safe for human consumption, and Glucosilonates are associated with the pungent smell of oils like mustard.

Hence naturally occurring rapeseed plant is not suitable for creating edible oils. But by removing these two, new plant called Canola was created, which is used to create one of the healthiest edible oils. Canola seed has been successfully grown in North America for more than 30 years now.

Today, Canola Oil is produced from pressed canola seed. Once the yellow flowers of the plant fade away, the pods that are formed are used to harvest the Canola seed. The pressed seeds are refined and deodorized to give you the light texture and neutral taste that make it one of the most versatile cooking oils today.

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