How to Shell Hemp Seeds
Whole hemp seeds are crunchy and difficult to eat because of their fibrous outer shells. In an attempt to make this dietary supplement a little easier to munch, the shells are sometimes removed. You may find shelled seeds at specialty grocery stores, but whole seeds are generally cheaper and more prevalent. Therefore, it helps to know how to hull your own hemp seeds.
Pour the hemp seeds onto the table, and spread them out into a single layer. Make sure they are relatively close together so more will fit beneath the board.
Place the board on top of the seeds.
Tap the board with the wooden mallet; hit it every few inches to ensure that all of the seeds are ruptured.
Pour the seeds into a bucket of water.
Stir the seeds vigorously, so the shells will float to the surface while the seeds sink.
Skim the empty hulls from the water until none remain. If a few seeds still have their shell, crack them individually with the mallet. Then return them to the water and continue stirring until all of them are shelled.
Pour the contents of the bucket through the colander. Collect the freshly hulled hemp seeds.
Do not smack the wood hard enough to crush the seed.
Whole hemp seeds are crunchy and difficult to eat because of their fibrous outer shells. In an attempt to make this dietary supplement a little easier to munch, the shells are sometimes removed. You may find shelled seeds at specialty grocery stores, but whole seeds are generally cheaper and more …
Three Ways to Eat More Hemp
Hemp seeds are considered a superfood, packed with plant-based protein and a nutrient-rich profile that includes fibre, minerals, healthy fats and vitamins. They are allergen-free and hemp is sustainable to grow.
For those looking to increase the protein content in their diet, hemp seeds are an excellent option. More than 25% of hemp seeds’ total calories is from high-quality protein, compared to chia seeds and flaxseeds whose calories are 16-18% protein.
But how to eat more hemp? Here are three ways!
1) Hemp seeds – shelled or whole
Hemp seeds are small brown seeds which come from the hemp plant and have a slightly nutty flavour. They come in a hard hull or shell.
The seeds can be eaten whole, with the shell left on, and add a lovely crunch to recipes such as our vegan flapjack. Some people also separate the seed from the hull, and then grind up the hull into a fibre-rich powder that can then be used in food.
In some parts of the world, whole hemp seeds are roasted and eaten as a popular snack, like popcorn, often sold from street-food stands in bags or cones.
However, for convenience, many people opt for shelled hemp seeds, also called hemp hearts, where the shell has already been removed. Shelled hemp seeds are softer in texture and paler in colour.
The Hemp Pantry sells delicious organic shelled hemp seeds and these can be enjoyed in a number of ways. They can be eaten raw, baked or toasted.
Here are a few ideas:
· Sprinkled on salads
Add a tablespoon of hemp hearts to just about any salad to enhance its superfood credentials.
A favourite is a fresh and colourful tabbouleh salad with parsley, tomatoes, onions, lemon juice, olive oil, bulgur wheat, pomegranates and hemp hearts.
Hemp seeds can also be used to make hummus and dips.
· Mixed with granola or cereal
A healthy, protein-rich breakfast kickstarts your day and fuels you all morning.
Why not add hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds to your favourite vegan granola, top with fruit and coconut yoghurt for a delicious and filling first meal of the day.
· Added to soups and stews
A few hemp seeds can be added to any soup or stew, whether cooked from scratch or shop-bought, to improve the healthy nutrient profile.
Brighten up your lunch with our bright-green vegan pea, mint and hemp soup.
· In cakes and bakes
Hemp seeds can be an ingredient in cakes and bakes recipes. For inspiration, see our flapjack recipe.
As they have a slightly nutty flavour, they can be used in place of nuts in many recipes. They can be included in cakes, such as carrot or banana, in muffins and in energy bars for an extra shot of protein.
· With pasta
Hemp seeds can be sprinkled on top of pasta, or used as a key component of the sauce.
Make some hemp pesto or add hemp seeds to our vegan bechamel sauce recipe with some vegan cheese for a moreish creamy pasta.
· To make delicious bread
Hemp seeds work perfectly in bread recipes, adding a delicious nutty taste and complementing other seeds.
Spread our vegan butter alternative Veurre® on warm hemp bread as a perfect accompaniment to soup.
· As a dairy milk substitute
Shelled hemp seeds can also be used to make hemp milk, which is a great dairy-free alternative to milk.
Simply blend 100g shelled hemp seeds with 1 litre of water. There’s no need to filter it and it will last up to five days in the fridge. It has a mild nutty flavour and perfect to use on your morning cereal.
For a toasty flavour and more of a crunch, you can toast hemp seeds in a frying pan or in the oven.
The browned seeds can then be added to salads, soups, eaten as they are, or used as an ingredient in baking and cooking.
Hemp seeds are very versatile and can even be enjoyed in sweet treats – they are a key ingredient in our mouth-wateringly good vegan fudge which comes in five flavours from lemon drizzle to chocolate.
2) Hemp seed oil
Hemp seed oil is made from pressing hemp seeds. It is not the same as CBD oil which comes from the flowers, stalks and leaves of the hemp plant.
Hemp seed oil is packed with healthy polyunsaturated fats and low in saturated fats. It contains a 3:1 ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids, which is considered the ideal ratio. For this reason, it has been dubbed ‘nature’s most perfectly balanced oil’.
The Hemp Pantry’s organic cold-pressed hemp seed oil has a mild nutty, slightly grassy flavour. It’s a light-green oil that is perfect for drizzling over salads, vegetables and soups. It can also be used to make salad dressings, dips and pesto.
Hemp seed oil can also be applied topically like olive oil or coconut oil to nourish the hair and skin.
One thing that’s not recommended is frying with it. Hemp seed oil has a low smoke point which means it starts to burn at a lower temperature than other vegetable oils.
3) Hemp protein powder
Whole hemp seeds that have been pressed to remove the oil are then grinded into a fine powder.
This fine powder is considered a complete protein source as it contains all nine essential amino acids. These cannot be made in the body and can only come from food.
Essential amino acids perform a number of vital roles in our body including in our nervous, reproductive, immune and digestive systems. They are also widely known for their role in muscle repair and development.
The Hemp Pantry’s organic hemp protein powder contains 50% protein and has a natural, earthy, slightly nutty flavour. For a massive protein hit, add hemp protein powder to smoothies and shakes, cakes and bakes, porridge and cereals. See our vegan berry and hemp smoothie recipe for a fresh and fruity drink.
We add hemp protein powder to our tasty Kakaoboll. These bite-sized cacao, coffee and oat balls are inspired by the traditional Swedish sweet treat. They are perfect for a mid-morning snack, a before-during-or-after workout energy boost or to satisfy a sweet craving.
Eat more healthy hemp
Brimming with protein, fibre, healthy fats, minerals and vitamins, it’s no surprise that hemp seeds, hemp seed oil, and hemp protein powder are popular choices for those on plant-based, vegan, protein-rich or healthy diets.
Delicious and versatile, hemp can be eaten at every meal of the day, including in snacks and drinks!
To check out our hemp-based, organic vegan products, including shelled hemp seeds, hemp seed oil and hemp protein powder, please visit our online shop.
Hemp seeds are considered a superfood, packed with plant-based protein and a nutrient-rich profile that includes fibre, minerals, healthy fats and vitamins. But how to eat more hemp? Here are three ways!