Canola: the Canuck oil

Commonly used in cooking this oil can also be used as biodiesel. Canola is made largely from rapeseed. In the 1970’s Baldur Stefansson and Keith Downey of Canada were growing rapeseed that, when processed, resulted in an oil of low erucic acid. By 1978 they had produced a low acid oil fit for consumption by humans and livestock –this oil was then given the name Canadian oil, low acid for its origin and properties.

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