Cold pressing involves crushing canola seeds and forcing out the oil, a process that preserves health benefits and flavours.
Collected from different microclimates throughout Manitoba, the harvested canola seeds are cold pressed to create Cold‑Pressed Virgin Canola Oil.
Virgin oil means it comes from the first pressing and is made through mechanical means only. The project is using a traditional cold-press method in which the seeds are not heated before, during, or after the pressing process. Seeds are selected, cleaned and crushed and then mechanically pressed at a slow pace to limit friction and avoid elevating temperatures about 60°C. Its colour, taste and odour are much more pronounced than those of traditional oils.
The virgin canola oil still has the great health benefits of your everyday canola oil but with a nutty flavour, instead of its familiar light, mild taste and texture.
Depending on the location, growing conditions of a certain year and composition of the soil, the same seed variety can taste totally different once it’s pressed into an oil.
With its earthy, grassy and nutty undertones, Cold‑Pressed Virgin Canola Oil adds a delicious depth of flavour to salad dressings, marinades and sautéed garden vegetables.
Cold-Pressed Virgin Canola Oil showcases the golden glow of a harvest field while offering the grassy aroma of a native pasture and a nutty taste that rivals the world’s best European oils.
Grilled Vegetables Rejoice
It’s taken the care and attention of 4 farm families through an entire Prairie growing season to bring this artisan oil to the shelves for all food lovers to enjoy.
From those cool spring planting days to the gift of golden blossoms in July and the toasted waves of ripening pods in September, they’ve nurtured a crop that will ultimately bring the undeniable flavour of the Prairies to your dinner table.
For generations, canola has been a mainstay on Prairie farms. The primary product—canola oil—is valued throughout the world for its nutritional qualities and versatility in the kitchen and beyond. Today, it’s Manitoba’s most important oilseed crop, accounting for the greatest amount of seeded area of all cropland in the province.
While traditional canola oil will continue to be a staple in kitchens around the globe, Cold‑Pressed Virgin Canola Oil offers a new and delicious product from this versatile and important crop.
Manitoba’s canola growers are serious about sustainability. In the simplest terms, sustainable agriculture refers to the production of food, fibre or other plant or animal products using farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities and animal welfare. But Prairie canola farmers take it one step further. They’re making decisions that not only provide food for the world but also put plans in place so that the next generation of farmers can do the same.
"We farm in such a way to build our topsoil and continue to keep it healthy. We do this simply because we want the next generation to have a farm to run."
St. Andrews, Manitoba
"In the last little while, every speaker I have heard talks about the importance of feeding a growing population. To do our part, we need to be sustainable, to keep this farm producing top quality food."
"To me, there’s an element of satisfaction to being sustainable and it’s always a challenge to get it right. If you have a parcel of land that’s poorly drained for example, you have to find a balance. Yes, I could cut a drain. Or I could leave it so it benefits the land around it."