Oh, Canola

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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.

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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.

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