Canola or Rapeseed fields in the Western Cape, South-Africa

Friday facts: Canola or Rapeseed

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Each canola plant produces yellow flowers which, in turn, produce pods; similar in shape to pea pods but about 1/5th the size. Within the pods are tiny round seeds that are crushed to obtain canola oil.

Canola or Rapeseed fields in the Western Cape, South-Africa
Canola or Rapeseed fields in the Western Cape, South-Africa

Each seed contains approximately 40 percent oil. The remainder of the seed is processed into canola meal which is used as a high protein livestock feed.

Canola or Rapeseed fields in the Western Cape, South-Africa
Canola or Rapeseed fields in the Western Cape, South-Africa

It takes around 50 pounds of canola seed for the extraction of 10 liters of oil. Canola oil is used for cooking and as an ingredient of salads in human diet. This oil is very popular due to mild taste and nutrients that act beneficially on the human health.

Canola or Rapeseed fields in the Western Cape, South-Africa
Canola or Rapeseed fields in the Western Cape, South-Africa

Canola meal is rich source of proteins. It is used as animal feed for cows, horses, sheep, pigs and chickens.

Canola or Rapeseed fields in the Western Cape, South-Africa
Canola or Rapeseed fields in the Western Cape, South-Africa

80% of honey produced in Canada originates from nectar extracted from flowers of canola.

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14 comments

  1. Love the yellow landscape. Out here in winters we have similar landscape in Northern India with mustard! Mustard is also used to extract oil. I’m not sure if you have ever seen that in plantation

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