Tony and Penny Marshall
Cold-pressed Organic Extra-virgin Canola Oil
At Highwood Crossing Farm in Aldersryde, Albertajust
20 minutes south of CalgaryTony and Penny Marshall produce a variety of
canola oil that is the talk of chefs, diners and home cooks throughout
Where most commercially produced canola oil has
little or no flavour, the Marshalls hand-pressed oil is dark amber in
colour and rich in flavour. Though the farm also produces organic
flaxseed oil and multi-grain cereal, it is the cold-pressed extra-virgin
canola oil that has made the Highwood Crossing reputation.
"Free of the usual oil-processing chemicals and
bleaches, it retains all of the vitamins and essential fatty acids that
make canola oil one of the healthiest dietary fats around," wrote Cinda
Chavich in her book, High Plains: The Joy of Alberta Cuisine.
Quantities of the oil are limited, as the Marshalls
produce only what is needed, once a week, at a rate of three to six
litres per hour, pressing the seeds in a small German-made expeller
press one day, and bottling the next. Because the oil is not heated
above 40 C or exposed to air or light, the healthiest elementsfatty
acids Omega-3 and Omega-6, and the antioxidant Vitamin Eare retained.
The oil is found in specialty food markets, health
food shops and a growing number of restaurants throughout Alberta.
Products for Healthy Living
The Heritage Community Foundation is pleased to present
this feature article, courtesy of Alberta Ingenuity.
While companies like Highwood Crossing Farm are
marketing innovative new cooking products using canola, ongoing research
into oilseeds is looking the potential of crops like canola and mustard
in the creation of new vaccines and topical creams and lotions.
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