Agriculture remains one of Canada’s economic pillars, and canola plays a big part in that.
Made from a cultivar of rapeseed, canola oil is a primary ingredient in margarine but can also be a source of biodiesel.
It is also a Canadian invention, with the name itself being a contraction of Canada (“Can”) and “ola” (for oil, as in Mazola). Canola oil is considered a heart-healthy food, while meal produced from the seed is an ideal livestock feed.
Wild poppies grow in the ‘Trench of Death,’ a preserved Belgian World War One trench system. The sight of the poppy growing by the graves of soldiers inspired Canadian soldier John McCrae to write one of the most famous World War One poems, In Flanders Fields.