[Sca-cooks] rapeseed/canola oil

yaini0625 at yahoo.com yaini0625 at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 4 12:21:53 PST 2011

It was my understanding that they are the same plant. The French farmer my Dad spoke too explained that in America the name is different because of the negative connotation of the word.

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From: Stefan li Rous <StefanliRous at austin.rr.com>
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Subject: [Sca-cooks] rapeseed/canola oil

Juana Isabella asked:
<<< Isn't canola oil the same as rapeseed oil? It is my understanding that it was just renamed for marketing purposes. Rapeseed is grown in northern Europe. Do any of the German specialists out there know if rapeseed oil was used in period cooking? >>>

See this file in the FOOD section of the Florilegium.
cooking-oils-msg (78K) 6/10/07 Period cooking and food oils.

Doing a search on "rapeseed" turns up these comments.

From: "Robin Carroll-Mann" <rcmann4 at earthlink.net>
To: sca-cooks at ansteorra.org
Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2002 11:41:43 -0500
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Lenten oils, was Honey Butter?

On 6 Mar 2002, at 11:30, A F Murphy wrote:
> What did people in the north use as cooking fats during Lent? They
> couldn't use either butter or lard, which I think were otherwise the
> standards. The only oil I know about in period (my knowledge not being
> extensive) is olive oil, and while that might have been available, how
> common would it have been?

I'm sure the wealthy would have imported olive oil.  The other oil
that was in use was rapeseed oil (commonly called canola oil in
modern U.S.)  According to C. Anne Wilson in _Food and Drink in
Britain_, large-scale cultivation of rapeseed did not begin until the
16th century; before that, the oil was mostly imported from

Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2002 13:56:06 -0700 (PDT)
From: robert frazier <robertblacksmith at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Turnip/rape?
To: sca-cooks at ansteorra.org

rapeseed is a grain crushed for cooking oil.the first
large amounts sold.modernly,was by the canadian oil
company.because rape is a bad word it's known as
"canola oil". The oil has been found as far back as the
norse digs in dublin.very period and cheap.

robert frazier
stallarifannsk household,An Tir

To: "'sca-cooks at ansteorra.org'" <sca-cooks at ansteorra.org>
Subject: [Sca-cooks] Turnip/rape?
Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2002 16:04:13 -0500
Reply-To: sca-cooks at ansteorra.org

> So if "rapes" are turnips, what is rapeseed?  Is it turnip seed, or a
> different plant entirely?
> Vicente

Actually "rapes" are Brassica napus var. napobrassica better known as the
Swedish turnip or rutabaga or B. napus var. napus, the canola or annual
rape, close relatives of Brassica rapa var. rapa, the field turnip.  Of
course the average peasant probably called everything that looked like a
turnip, a rape.

Rapeseed are the seeds of the rutabaga and rapeseed oil is the oil pressed
from the seeds.

Canola oil is rapeseed oil which is low in erucic acid and is pressed from
the seeds of the canola.



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