Canola Stands for Canadian Oil, Low Acid

Canola Council of Canada

You learn something new every day. I had no idea that canola oil was developed by Canadian researchers at the University of Manitoba in the late sixties. Canola is actually a hybridized version of the rapeseed which traditionally was used as lamp oil for millennia but not safe for consumption due to its high levels of erucic acid and glucosinolates. Researchers Keith Downey and Baldur Stefansson developed the canola hybrid with safe levels of both through selective breeding in 1974. Total Canadian exports are second only to wheat with the majority going to the US. The total annual value of the crop is over $3 Billion and pumps over $13 Billion annually into the Canadian economy.