No wonder hemp is called a Superfood! A complete protein, and high in essential fatty acids and magnesium, hemp is easy to digest, versatile and delicious – and soaring in popularity. And that’s no surprise to Roland Siegmund.
“We’ve always sold hemp, in one form or another, at Nature’s Fare Markets – as food and in supplements,” says our Director of Purchasing & Vendor Relations. “And sales are climbing as more people discover how delicious and healthy it is.”
Never genetically modified and gluten free, heart-, bone- and brain-healthy, immune-boosting hemp seeds:
- Are nature’s richest sources of essential fatty acids, in a perfectly balanced 3:1 ratio (Omega 6 Linoleic Acid: Omega 3)
- Contain all 20 amino acids
- Have more protein and fewer carbs than equivalent servings of chia or flax. Each 30-gram serving contains 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of Omegas.
- Are high in magnesium, zinc and iron, and rich in
Find hemp at Nature’s Fare Markets as seeds or ‘hearts’ and as oil; in veggie burgers, cereals, milk and ice cream; cereals, protein powders, pancakes and power bars; pasta, butter and baked goods.
Its emollient qualities also enhance cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, lotions and deodorants…and even a natural, wood finishing oil in our household cleaners section. And don’t forget supplements!
With a slightly nutty taste (think sunflower seeds) hemp is as delicious and it is versatile.
Drizzle hemp oil over foods as a finishing oil, or add to dressings, sauces and smoothies.
Tip: To preserve its healthful benefits and keep it from oxidizing, never cook or heat hemp oil – and keep it refrigerated before and after opening.
Try hemp hearts…
- Sprinkled into fruit and vegetable salads
- Stirred into yogurt, oatmeal and cereal
- Blended into a fruit smoothie
- As a garnish on goat’s cheese with raw veggies
- Dusted on nut butter and pear slices on toast.
- …or nibbled straight out of the bag. Delish!
Hemp, a fast growing, easy-on-the environment multi-tasking plant:
- Thrives without pesticides, purifies the soil, and kills weeds
- Adapts to most climates, and is ready to harvest in 120 days vs. years for trees, without the erosion and topsoil loss from logging
- Yields 2-3 times more fibre per acre than cotton
- Produces a stronger, softer, mildew-free fibre that lasts twice as long as cotton.
Did you know?
- Hemp fiber imprints have been found in 10,000-year old pottery shards in China
- Hemp so important crop that, in the 1880s, the King of England offered Canadian settlers free seeds, and land, to grow hemp
- Every part of the plant can be used to make something – like rope, paper, wax, resin, fuel, paint, oil and cloth
- The Declaration of Independence was signed on hemp paper
- In 1937, Henry Ford designed a car made of hemp plastic that was fueled by hemp ethanol
- Hemp cloth was used in the original Levis jeans
- Thanks to advocacy efforts by Manitoba Harvest co-founders, previously misunderstood industrial hemp was legalized in Canada in 1998. It is still illegal to grow hemp in the US.