Hemp Seeds – A Gift of Nature

A bowl of hempseeds displayed next to a bottle hemp oil.

A bowl of hempseeds displayed next to a bottle hemp oil.

Hemp seeds are the most nutritious seed in the world. They have a concentrated balance of proteins, essential fats, vitamins and enzymes, combined with a relative absence of sugar, starches and saturated fats. Hemp Seeds are one of nature’s Super Foods.

Raw hemp provides a broad spectrum of health benefits, including: weight loss, increased and sustained energy, rapid recovery from disease or injury, lowered cholesterol and blood pressure, reduced inflammation, improvement in circulation and immune system as well as natural blood sugar control.
The hemp “seed” is actually a simple dry fruit with a hard shell, just like sunflower seeds. It is considered one of the most versatile and economical plants, with many uses in the kitchen:

Hemp oil

Hemp seeds tend to produce the best hemp oil, although the whole plant can be pressed for oil. Cold pressed oil, which has not been refined, has a rich, nutty flavor and a green tint. Hemp oil is often used in cooking, though it is not suitable for high heat. Along with giving a slightly nutty and crispy taste to food, it can be the perfect salad dressing oil. Hemp seed oil has been attributed to helping increase energy, soften skin, relieve arthritis and normalize blood cholesterol.

Hemp butter

This can be a great substitute for Peanut, Almond, Cashew, and Macadamia nut butters. The problem with these nut butters is that some proteins are potential allergens, which include soy and dairy, as well as peanut proteins. The good news is that hemp butter is made from hemp seeds, and no hemp seed allergies have ever been reported. Although most nut butter users have not heard of Hemp Butter, times are changing, and hemp butter is now available in markets in the US. Hemp butter has a dark green color due to the rich content of chlorophyll, which is a powerful antioxidant.

Hemp milk

Also produced from the seeds, it has only begun to be sold in the United States within the past few years. It can be purchased in plain, vanilla, or chocolate flavors, and does not need to be refrigerated until you open the box it comes in. Plain organic hemp milk contains no sugar, no cholesterol, and is free of soy and gluten. For many people, these factors make it an obvious choice for an abundant source of vital nutrients. Studies have shown that hemp milk offers benefits of a strengthened immune system; clear, healthy skin, hair and nails; a strong, healthy heart, and increased mental capacity.

Hemp Flour

Hemp seeds alone do not mill into flour, they become butter because of the high oil content. In order to get flour, you need to remove the oil. Hemp flour is created by milling the by-product created when you press the hemp seeds for oil. This by-product is known as a hemp cake and can be milled into flour. It is perfect for adding to baking and for bread.

Hemp flour doesn’t rise, has no gluten and is very hearty. Therefore, it is not a flour that can be used in bread on its own, you would need to mix it with other flours, unless you are making a flatbread or crackers. A 3:1 ratio produces a hearty heavy loaf all the way to a 7:1 ratio which produces basically a loaf of bread with hemp flecks in it. Hemp flour is an excellent addition to your baking, adding the benefit of hemp proteins and the excellent fibre content of the hemp seed.

Hemp seed flour is also excellent for brewers who would like to create a hemp beer that retains an excellent head. With the oils in hemp seed, this often causes poor hemp retention. This can be easily solved by adding hemp seed flour instead. With the significantly lower levels of oils in the flour, the resulting beer will have much better head retention.
Over the years, hemp seeds have been part of the food supply in many cultures around the world. In parts of Asia, roasted hemp seeds are eaten as a snack, like popcorn (tasting similar to pine nuts). You can add salt, flavorings, or eat them plain for a delicious and nutritious snack.

Historically, the most famous hemp seed consumer was Buddha himself, who ate them during his fast of enlightenment.
Hemp Seeds are a more digestible protein than meat, whole eggs, cheese, human milk, cows’ milk, or any other high protein food. They have a better spectrum of available proteins than soybeans–without the soybean anti-nutritional factors.

They are an excellent protein product for everyone – mothers, babies, body builders, convalescents, the elderly, EVERYONE.

Founder’s Hemp, established in 2016, will be the first food processing plant of its kind built specifically for hemp from the ground up, not reconfigured. It is being built right here in Asheboro, and there are 31 farmers who have committed to growing hemp on their farms for Founder’s Hemp. To learn more about Founder’s Hemp and hemp in general, visit their website at www.foundershemp.com.

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