The use of hemp seed as a human food spans thousands of years. The Record of Rites or Li Chi, an ancient book of classical Confucian works, places hemp among the five grains of ancient China, which included barley, rice, wheat, and soybeans and it was a staple of the Chinese diet through the 10th century.
Hemp seed contains all nine essential amino acids, both essential fatty acids (Linoleic acid, Alpha linolenic acid), as well as a wide variety of valuable minerals (iron, copper, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and several vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E). Hemp seed, therefore, is a nutraceutical, a product that is both food and medicine.
A variety of ingredients can be derived from the hemp seed. When pressed, the seeds yield a nutty oil and the seed makes a high protein cake when ground into flour for baking. The oil contains all the beneficial fatty acids, the flour holds all the nutritive protein, while the nut contains both.The flour can be baked in a variety of breads and desserts. Be sure to use the oil raw since heating will damage its fatty acid profile. Exceptional at dressing salads, the chemical instability of hemp oil makes its proper storage critical. Endeavor always to store your hemp oil in a cool, dry, and dark place.
Hemp Seed Bread