OK. I'm feeling really off. It's just been announced the QB, Jay Cutler has a broken thumb. Oh well.
This definition/explanation is from, yeah, you guessed it,.
Canola refers to a cultivar of either Rapeseed (Brassica napus L.) or Field Mustard (Brassica campestris L. or Brassica Rapa var.). Its seeds are used to produce edible oil suitable for consumption by humans and livestock. The oil is also suitable for use as biodiesel.
Originally, Canola was bred naturally from rapeseed in Canada by Keith Downey and Baldur R. Stefansson in the early 1970s, but it has a very different nutritional profile in addition to much less erucic acid. The name "canola" was derived from "Canadian oil, low acid" in 1978. Genetically modified rapeseed is sometimes referred to as Rapeseed 00. A product known as LEAR (for low erucic acid rapeseed) derived from cross-breeding of multiple lines of Brassica juncea may also be referred to as canola oil and is considered safe for human consumption.
For no real reason, I don't use it. Almost all the big-name TV people like it though. I use peanut oil for most things unless someone claims an allergy or illness, then I go with olive, because that's what I've got for lots of stuff anyway. My absolute best "deep fried" stuff is done in lard. I don't know anyone, Chinese chefs included, that really "fry" stuff in sesame oil. It's got a very low burn-point, and has a very big overpowering flavor. It is though, great as a flavoring.