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Hemp is an ancient plant native to Central Asia. It was consumed by followers of Shinto in Japan and some others in Eastern European populations in the form of gruel and butter.
Historically, hemp was an important source of fiber used to make rope, sails, clothing and paper. Until 1883, up to 90% of the world's paper was made from hemp fiber - famous documents like the first drafts of the American Declaration of Independence, Gutenberg and King James' Bibles, and Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland were all written on hemp paper. More durable and recyclable than regular paper, hemp base paper does not require the use of chlorine to be whitened. At that time, hemp cultivation had spread all through North America until it was discontinued in 1938. It wasn't until 1998 that industrial hemp cultivation was authorized by the Canadian government again.
Edible (industrial) hemp is very different from marijuana as it is much lower in THC (psychotropic substance in marijuana ). Its THC content is regulated to 0.2% or lower in order to be considered edible.
Hemp seeds have a delicate, nutty taste that makes them great for a variety of uses: on your cereal, granola or yogurt, in salads, sauces and pesto, or in smoothies and baked goods. It is recommended to eat them raw and to not cook them over 180˚C / 350˚F.
Need more inspiration? Try these recipes:
Kale, basil and hemp pesto (that's great in a veggie burger or on noodles)
Beet, raspberry and hemp smoothie
Chewy choco-coconut hemp squares
Mango, turmeric, coconut milk and hemp lassi
Avocado, banana, raw cacao, fresh fruit and hemp breakfast bowl
Raw cacao hemp milk
Summer pizza with grilled vegetables, hemp and kalamata olives
Spinach salad with bulgur, grilled chickpeas and hemp
Hemp seeds are very fragile and must be kept in the refrigerator to avoid oxidization.
Hemp seeds are from a special variety that contains no THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) which makes them the perfect food for the entire family.