Hemp has been cultivated by humans since the ancient times. It is an extremely useful plant because it can be grown sustainably, and be used for textiles, food, paper, and cordage. If you would like to learn more about how hemp is grown, check this out! Hemp is a non-psychoactive variety of the Cannabis sativa plant. It contains only less than 1 percent THC, so it will not get anyone “high”, nor will it cause you to register a false-positive result in a drug test.
However, if you love the taste of hemp seeds, or of hemp milk (which is made from hemp seeds), then you will certainly be gratified by both its nutritional value and versatility. Although hemp seeds are high in protein (a 30 gram serving contains 11 grams of protein), this is not a complete protein because the amino acid profile is low in lysine and leucine. Hemp seeds are a very good source of magnesium and a good source of zinc. Omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids are naturally found in hemp seeds.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is a wonderful alternative to the more conventional oils found in grocery stores. You can use hemp seed oil for salad dressings, pasta, couscous, tabouli, pesto and other sauces.
Hemp milk is made by first soaking the hemp seeds, and then pulverizing them in water. You can make hemp milk yourself at home. You would use hemp milk as you would any other milk.
Hemp Seeds in Recipes
There are so many things you can do with hemp seeds. Sure, you can eat them by the handful right out of the package, but it is a lot more fun to incorporate these healthy little seeds into different recipes. For example, you can add a generous amount of hemp seeds to your usual salad. Or, you can put them in your favourite cereal or granola. Do you love baking muffins? Try adding some hemp seeds to the muffin batter next time to add a boost of flavour and nutrition. If you make your own pesto, you can add hemp seeds to your pesto for an interesting touch. If you have issues with gluten, you can use crushed hemp seeds in place of breadcrumbs when you need to bread something. For added creaminess to sauces and dressings, try adding in hemp seeds and then blending.
There are so many ways in which you can utilize the power of hemp seeds!