Hemp hearts have received a lot of attention over the years as a plant based source of protein, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
What is hemp?
Hemp is actually a plant. It’s used to make clothing, textiles and food. It is not marijuana which comes from a different variant known for its psychoactive properties.
Hemp seeds are harvested to make hemp oil, hemp protein powder, hemp flour and hemp milk. Hemp hearts are hemp seeds with the shells removed.
Hemp hearts contain protein, omega fatty acids and fibre. People describe them as having a nutty, grassy flavour with a creamy texture similar to pine nuts. You can sprinkle them on top of yogurt, cereal, salads or eat them as is.
Hemp hearts contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and more protein (10 grams per 3 tablespoon serving) than flax seeds or chia seeds. They also don’t need to be ground up prior to eating. Be careful though as they can go rancid due to their high fatty acid content. Be sure to use them up before the best before date and store them in the fridge after opening.
Hemp hearts can be found in health food stores and some grocery stores. A 227 gram bag retails for around $8.99.
I received samples of hemp hearts from Manitoba Harvest to send out to members of my product review club. Fifty lucky recipients had the chance to try the product for free. Check out what they thought in the comments below.
Have you tried Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts? What did you think of them?