Canola is derived from rapeseed and was developed in Canada in the 1960s. The name is an abbreviation of ‘Canadian oil, low acid’ and was adopted because it was more ‘market-friendly’ than the word rapeseed. The latter comes from the Latin word rapum, meaning turnip. Turnips, cabbages, brussel sprouts and many other vegetables are related to canola.
Although canola is a summer crop in the temperate areas of the world, it is grown mainly in the Western Cape as a winter crop. In summer rainfall areas, it can be produced under irrigation during winter.
In South Africa, canola crop is a winter crop, and is grown in the Western Cape.
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