Hemp Seed Uses
Hemp Seeds Available
in sterilized, toasted, roasted and fractionalized (cracked) forms,
they are rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. They can be cold-pressed
for oil, or hulled to expose the seed meat. Hempseeds are the only
edible seeds with gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).
Hemp seed is a highly nutritious
source of protein, better tasting and more digestible than the soybean.
Whole hemp seeds can be toasted for snack food or ground into flour.
Hulled hemp seed are a healthful component of baked goods, snack
and protein bars, granola, sauces and dips. Very versatile, hulled
hemp seeds can even be processed into milk, cheese, ice cream, margarine
and other foods. Most bird seed contains hemp seed and it makes
an excellent ingredient in many pet and animal foods.
Hemp also produces an oil seed
that contains between 25 - 35 % oil by weight, which is high in
essential fatty acids. Cold-pressed, unrefined hemp oil is light
green, with a nutty grassy flavour. It is a superb nutritional suppliment
for EFA and imparts a desired flavour into dressings, dips and spreads.
Its can be combined with or used in replacement of olive,walnut
and safflower oils for cooking and eating.
Refined hemp oil is clear with little
flavour or nutrients and has been widely used in body care products,
lubricants, paints and industrial uses. Antimicrobial properties
make it an ideal base for soaps, shampoos and detergents.
Even after the hemp seed has been crushed for oil, the remaining
product still contains 25% protein and is an excellent source of
dietary fiber - it still remains a very appropriate food ingredient
and nutritional supplement for people and animals. And it can be
used to brew beer.
Hemp Horizons by John Roulac, Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 1997
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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