Do you know where canola oil comes from?

20 May

When you drive across many parts of China you’ll see fields covered with little yellow flowers. Super pretty… you see them in almost every little patch of empty land available. Also, in India you see very similar landscapes… amongst the dry patches of lands there’s also fields covered with these pretty yellow flowers.

Most people believe they’re wildflowers… but in reality, they’re cultivated, not wild at all.  It’s the rapeseed plant. Not a very pretty name, but it’s the same plant where they get canola oil from.

Canola Oil Collage

The seeds look like very large mustard seeds… maybe because they’re related. But canola got its name because Canadians bred a new type of rapeseed plant that would yield oil lower in a component that was deemed toxic for humans.

So if you travel and see fields of pretty yellow flowers like these… be the smart one and tell everyone these are the plants where canola oil comes from.



4 Responses to “Do you know where canola oil comes from?”

  1. EcoGrrl May 20, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    The problem is that most canola oil is GMO, which inherently have issues, so it’s not the wonderful natural product that we all (including me) once thought it was. I’ve transitioned over to grapeseed oil myself.

    Here’s a good article about it:

    • KarmaFree Cooking June 5, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

      Thanks for the link… I’ve been considering trying grapeseed oil too. It’s more expensive, but better for us. PLus, I am not frying all that much anyways. Thanks again.

  2. Vijaya May 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Yes you are right .Both Canola oil & Mustard oil belong to the same family-Cruciferae.
    However,I do not know if in India Canola oil is produced because we in the North of India use mustard oil.Mustard oil has a strong smell due to sulphur compounds present.Canola oil I believe is processed safflower oil seeds to remove the smell & that is why it is supposed to be not good for health.I have not used Canola oil so I do not know much about it.Thanks for the information you have given.Namaste!

    • KarmaFree Cooking June 5, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

      who knows??? maybe I am not completely accurate. I am going by my experience of what I’ve learned in my travels. Let’s keep researching, ok???

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