PROPERTIES OF HEMP SEEDS
We often hear talking about hemp but little about the seeds.
Hemp seeds represent a natural supplement very rich in essential amino acids.
Speaking about seeds those of hemp among all the oily seeds are those with the highest nutritional value. They do not require pesticides for which their cultivation has a very small environmental impact thanks also to their roots that penetrate deep into the soil and enrich it with nourishing substances.
PROPERTIES OF HEMP SEEDS
Hemp seeds are protected by a shell that ensures the preservation of oils and vitamins and have a pleasant flavour similar to hazelnut. Each seed contains all the 8 amino acids needed for protein synthesis and the functioning of the immune system.
Within the seed is distinguished a fat part, corresponding to approximately 35% of the total, in which there are fatty acids such as linoleic acid and gamma-linolenic acid.
Moreover hemp seeds are rich in carbohydrates, vitamin A, vitamin E, the B family vitamins (excluding B 12), vitamin P and C; finally we find the raw fibre and mineral salts, mainly iron and phosphorus.
Hemp seeds are also used in the kitchen: they have a very pleasant taste and are easily digestible, for this are very much used mainly to enrich salads (like almost all oilseeds) or for the preparation of biscuits and cakes but also of pestos and sauces.
With hemp seeds we prepare the Hemp-Fu, a product similar to the soy tofu but with a more marked flavour. The tofu of hemp is very much used in the vegan diet to prepare creams (sweet or savory) or to enjoy in the pan.
From the grinding of the hemp seeds, also hemp flour is, rich in nutrients and useful for the immune system.
With hemp seed we can also prepare the Shichimi, a traditional Japanese mixture of spices similar to a very spicy chili and from the characteristic orange colour
In Shichimi apart from hemp seeds (in some variants replaced by ginger) we find sesame seeds, poppy seeds, algae Nori, peel of mandarin, chili pepper and black pepper. It is used in the preparation of soups and main courses based on rice.
NUTRITIONAL VALUES OF HEMP SEEDS
Nutritional Values per 100g of hemp seeds:
Water 4.96 g
Protein 31,56 g
Fats 48.75 g of which saturates
4,6 g Carbohydrates
8,67 g of which sugars
1.50 g fibre
4 g niacin
9.2 mg thiamine
Glycaemic index 35
Cholesterol 0 g
Whole or shelled hemp seeds can be bought in herbalist stores, shops that deal with natural foods and organic products or on specialized web sites. Refering to the same sales channels you can also buy products based on hemp seeds, for example hemp seed organic oil, Hemp-Fu and hemp milk. Hemp seeds tend to deteriorate. In order to preserve their nutritional quality they should be stored in a refrigerator.
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