Hemp is a versatile commodity that has been utilised worldwide for years across food, textiles, cosmetics and building materials. Up until 2017 hemp was only grown and sold within Australia under cosmetic terms, however new food regulations in November 2017 finally allowed Australians to legally consume and enjoy this highly nutritious superfood in their diets.
Since hemp became a legal food source, Australian farmers now have a fresh opportunity to grow and harvest hemp locally, meaning we no longer have to look to an imported supply of hemp. Honest to Goodness proudly supports this new and emerging local crop by partnering with Aussie farmers to produce high quality Australian Hulled Hemp Seeds.
HOW IS HEMP GROWN?
Hemp Seeds are the seed of the hemp plant, Cannabis Sativa. Whilst hemp is of the same species as cannabis (marijuana), it only contains trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%), therefore cannot cause hallucinogenic effects from consumption. The hemp plant contains no buds and is less leafy than the marijuana plant.
Hemp Seeds are like little nuts that have a crisp outer shell and a soft centre. Hulled hemp seeds, also known as "hemp hearts", have their outer shell removed, leaving you with the soft, chewy centre that is versatile and easy to use.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HEMP SEEDS?
• Hemp Seeds are made up of 33% protein, which is higher than quinoa. Protein is essential for the healing and repairing muscle and tissue.
• Hemp Seeds contains all 20 amino acids, including the nine essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce on their own. This makes hemp a "complete" protein source!
• They are full of the good fats, omega 3 and omega 6. These omegas are not naturally made by the body however are essential to support the structure and function of body cells.
• Due to the high omega 3 content, hemp seeds are able to assist with the balance of inflammation.
• These seeds are a rich source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A & E, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and iron.
• Hemp Seeds are full of soluble and insoluble fibre, which aids healthy digestion and helps keep you feeling fuller for longer.
• Hemp seeds are low in sugar, naturally free from gluten and ideal for people following a plant-based diet.
HOW TO USE HEMP SEEDS
The hulled seeds are very versatile and easy to use in cooking. They have a mild nutty flavour and can be added to almost anything - from nut butters, baking, smoothies, cooking, snacks and salads.
• Add to cereal, muesli or porridge.
• Blend into smoothies or sprinkle on top of smoothie bowls.
• Make fresh hemp milk using a nut milk bag.
• Add to salads, soups and stews.
• Blend to make a nutritious hemp seed spread.
• Add to bliss balls and raw bars.
GOODNESS TIP: Hemp seeds are sensitive to light so keep in a cool dark place to keep them fresh and nutritious.