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Field of Canola, close to Grangeville

Field of Canola, close to Grangeville

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Looked like rape to me - I have just educated myself: canola is a form of rape. The name apparently is a contraction of 'Canadian Oil'. Nice shot!

Canadian scientists modified the rapeseed gene by removing the bad taste from it.  Canola is a light, almost tasteless oil with a great health profile.  And it's inexpensive, so it's becoming a preferred cooking oil in many countries around the globe.  

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This gets even more interesting! I was drawn down the oil rabbit hole for a moment and found that Canola was coined originally as "CANadian Oil, Low Acid" referring to low levels of erucic acid. That's the acid that gave it the bad taste.

And there's two parts to the Canadian science: First came the botanists, who bred new low-acid varieties from naturally-occurring cultivars, and then came the genetecists, who produced a GMO version that apparently accounts for about a quarter of the world's production these days.

Still, when I see these pictures, I don't think of food, I think of Windows XP.

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

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