Hemp seed is an ancient superfood that is now gaining popularity among modern nutritionists and foodies alike. The oldest known use of hemp seed as a food was in China thousands of years ago, so it is only fitting that the hemp foods pioneer Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils is spreading the word about hemp’s many nutritional merits by sharing a recipe for Chinese Hemp Noodles by KristensRaw.com. More delicious recipes featuring hemp food ingredients can be discovered at www.manitobaharvest.com/recipes.
With a soft texture, attractive sesame seed-like appearance and nutty flavor similar to pine nuts and sunflower seeds, Manitoba Harvest Shelled Hemp Seed is a versatile and delicious ingredient that can be added to a myriad of recipes. The most popular use of shelled hemp seed is sprinkled on top of a salad or tossed inside. Hemp oil is a delicious salad dressing base for those that make their own, or is an easy and nutritious supplement to a store-bought dressing. It has an attractive emerald green color due to its rich content of chlorophyll, a powerful antioxidant. Both of these are key ingredients in the Chinese Hemp Noodles recipe below.
“People all over are learning that hemp seed is nature’s best and most-balanced source of omega-3 and omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids,” says Manitoba Harvest President and co-founder Mike Fata. In addition to the high concentration of EFAs, hemp foods have a strong digestible protein profile, abundant fiber, and a wealth of minerals and natural antioxidants including Vitamin E and chlorophyll. “The overall protein content in hemp seed is comparable to soy beans without the hormone inhibitors found in soy, and there is more protein than that found in nuts, other seeds, meats, dairy products, fish and poultry,” adds Fata. It’s an added bonus that Manitoba Harvest hemp foods are eco-friendly products made from non-GMO hemp seed that is grown without pesticides or herbicides.
Scientists in Canada, a country where hemp agriculture is experiencing a vibrant rebirth, recently performed a study to determine hemp seed’s potential for helping to maintain heart health. Published in the April 2008 edition of the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, the report “Cholesterol Induced Stimulation of Platelet Aggregation is Prevented by a Hempseed-Enriched Diet” highlights the elevated concentration of Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) in the test subjects, and notes that the heart health benefits may be attributable to the increased levels of GLA. Hemp seed is a plentiful and rare plant food source of the “super” omega-6 GLA. “There are only four significant natural sources of GLA: Hemp Seed, Evening Primrose, Borage, and Black Courant,” says Fata. “Of these, hemp seed is the only whole food source that has a wide variety of culinary functions.”
Founded in 1998, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils is the world’s largest vertically-integrated, farmer owned hemp food manufacturer. The company strives to create the healthiest hemp foods, to educate the public about healthy lifestyle choices, and to support sustainable and organic agriculture. Manitoba Harvest is proud to partner with Renewable Choice Energy to reduce their environmental impact through wind power and carbon offsets. For more information, please visit www.manitobaharvest.com.
Chinese Hemp Noodles
Yield: 4 servings
3 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons Manitoba Harvest hemp oil
2 tablespoons organic, vegan red wine (or more!)
2 tablespoons miso
2 tablespoons raw agave nectar
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
2 teaspoons tamari, wheat-free
1/4 cup Manitoba Harvest shelled hemp seeds
4-5 zucchini, peeled and spiralized into noodles*
1-2 red bell peppers, stemmed, seeded and minced
Place the noodles and the minced bell pepper(s) in a large bowl and toss. Blend all of the sauce ingredients together, except for the hemp seeds. Pour the sauce into a glass mason jar and stir in the hemp seeds. Just before serving, pour about 1/2 cup of the sauce over the noodles blend and toss to mix. Add more sauce if desired. Store any left over sauce in a glass mason jar and use as a dip for veggies or dressing for salad.
* If you don't have a spiralizer or turning slicer, use a vegetable peeler and make fettuccini-style noodles.
~ Add 1/2 cup chopped cilantro or parsley to the noodles blend
~ This sauce is scrumptious served as a dressing over chopped Swiss chard and cucumbers