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What is Canola?
The canola plant belongs to the brassica section of a family of plants called crucifers. Other brassica plants include mustard, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and turnip. Canola plants grow up to 1-2 meters tall and produce beautiful yellow flowers similar to the velvety mustard fields in Punjab. As the plant matures, pods form, similar to peapods, but about 1/5th the size. Each pod contain about 20 tiny, round, black or brownish-yellow seeds. The average canola seed is 45% oil. Once harvested, canola seeds are crushed and the oil contained within the seed is extracted. This oil is then further refined and bottled as canola oil. Canola oil is totally cholesterol and trans-fat free. It has very high monounsaturated “good” fats, Omega-3 and Vitamin E and the least amount of saturated fats amongst all edible oils.