Hemp seed has been used as a nutritious food ingredient since Egyptian times. It was also essential to the UK economy as a source of natural fibre until the industrial revolution and the advent of cheap cotton. Crucial again during both world wars, it fell out of fashion in the UK with the industrialisation of farming after the Second World War. It is now experiencing a huge revival across the world. Hemp grows in temperate climates, does not need irrigation, has impressive CO2 net benefits and every part of the plant is used.
It’s the hemp seed (not the leaf) that is used to produce food. And no it is not the same as Marijuana. The strain of the plant used to produce hemp food is very different to the strain used to make majriuana and contains no tetrahydrocannibol (THC) which is the element in Marijuana that makes you feel ‘high’. This makes hemp products completely safe and perfectly legal which is great news for those seeking a healthier plant based diet. It’s also allergen free so everyone can enjoy!
Whole hemp seed contains approximately 25% protein, 35% oil, dietary fibre and a mix of minerals, iron and zinc. If you remove the shell you’ll find a lovely little seed inside with a light nutty flavor – it’s this bit that contains all those great nutrients. These hemp seed hearts can be eaten on their own or used in all sorts of recipes – sprinkle on cereal, yogurt, soups, salads, stir frys or add them into your favourite baking recipes. They also make great toppings for fish and pies.
Squeeze these little seeds and you get cold-pressed hemp oil which is stupidly good for you providing 25 times more Omega 3 than Olive oil and 40% less saturated fat. It is also rich in GLA. Both Omega 3 and GLA are crucial to brain function, skin health, the immune system and normal cell growth and function. And, the most interesting fact is that hemp contains the most effective type of Omega 3 of any plant which can easily be absorbed by our bodies. Just one glug (10 ml) of hemp seed oil provides over 90% of our entire recommended daily intake of Omega 3 as well as 50mg Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). An Evening Primrose Oil 500mg capsule typically contains 45mg GLA. Good Hemp Oil tastes great in salad dressings and sauces and can be used for cooking too.
The protein found in hemp is a high quality, complete protein containing all 20 amino acids including all 9 essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce for themselves so must get from food. In fact, protein in hemp is one of the very few plant proteins to contain the same amino acids as milk, meat and eggs.
"All hemp ingredients are 100% natural and suitable for vegans and vegetarians."
Today, with our much greater understanding of the performance and efficacy of ingredients, hemp has become the gold standard of natural healthy nutrition and is ideal for cooking, for health, for flavour and for everyday use in the kitchen.
Check out our delicious and nutritious hemp recipes here.