Discover Hemp Foods

Monday December 21, 2015


Hemp foods taste great, are easy to use, and nutritious too! Hemp foods are made from whole hemp seed that comes from the Industrial Hemp plant.

Industrial Hemp is part of the species Cannabis sativa L. Unlike its distant cousin, Industrial Hemp contains insignificant traces of THC (0.003% to be exact). As we like to say, comparing hemp and marijuana is like comparing a Chihuahua and a Great Dane. Both are dogs but look and behave quite differently!

Hemp has been around for thousand of years and played a big role in our history. The King of England offered free land (and free seed) to immigrants who moved to Canada and grew hemp. All ships crossing the ocean were rigged with hemp sails. Pioneer wagons had hemp covers.

Hemp was helping form nations until…growing hemp was prohibited in 1937 largely due to confusion with other kinds of Cannabis. World War II hit, ceasing imports of other fiber materials. The ban on growing hemp was lifted and governments even launched a “Hemp for Victory” campaign, encouraging farmers to grow hemp in support of war efforts.

After the war, once again hemp was banned due to misconceptions surrounding the crop. Decades later in 1990s advocacy efforts to re-legalize the crop started. Aligning with farmers, academics, and provincial government, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods’ co-founders helped dispel myths and re-legalize hemp in 1998. Today Canada is one of the largest exporters of Industrial Hemp.

Technically, hemp is a dual-use crop meaning that it can be used for seed (food & beauty products) or fiber (rope, clothing, building materials, animal bedding, etc). Majority of hemp that is grown in Western Canada is for seed production. Companies like Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods partner with farmers for whole hemp seed. Seed is delivered to Manitoba Harvest’s manufacturing facility where it is made into a variety of hemp food products.

Products include Hemp Hearts raw shelled hemp seed, Hemp Heart Bites, Hemp Pro protein powders, hemp oil, and Hemp Bliss non-dairy hemp beverage. Hemp foods have a slightly nutty taste that compliments pretty much anything.

Sprinkle Hemp Hearts on cereal, yogurt, or salad. Enjoy Hemp Heart Bites crunchy hemp snack right from the bag to fuel your active lifestyle. Blend Hemp Pro into smoothies or stir into oatmeal. Drizzle hemp oil over pasta or add to dressings and sauces. Use Hemp Bliss like you would dairy milk. To find out more about Manitoba Harvest, click here.

Hemp foods are packed with protein and omegas. The most versatile product – Hemp Hearts contains 10g protein and 10g omegas per 30g serving. Hemp foods also contain fiber and other nutrients. Manitoba Harvest products are Non-GMO Project Verified and contain no known allergens.

By Manitoba Harvest