Canola, or Brassica napus, is one of the most important oilseed crops globally. The name “canola” comes from the words “Canada” and “ola,” meaning oil.
Scientists in Canada created canola through crossbreeding an edible type of rapeseed plant. By crossbreeding, they removed toxic compounds called glucosinolates and erucic acid.
The canola plant looks identical to the rapeseed plant, but it contains different nutrients, and its oil is safe for consumption.