Canola is a genetic
variation of rapeseed developed in the 1970's by
Canadian plant breeders specifically for its nutritional qualities,
particularly its low level of saturated fat. The word "rape" in rapeseed comes
from the Latin word "rapum," meaning turnip. The negative associations
with the word "rape" in North America resulted in the more
marketing-friendly name "Canola". The word "canola" is derived
from "Canadian oil, low acid".