Hemp hearts, also known as hulled hemp seeds, are whole seeds that have had their crunchy outer shell removed. This removes the insoluble fibre and increases the total protein.
These tiny seeds have a rich and nutty flavour and can be used straight from their package. Hemp hearts can easily be used in many ways to boost nutrition. They can be sprinkled onto cereals, salads, smoothies pasta and more. The seeds are also suitable for those unable to eat gluten, dairy, sugar, nuts and meat.
Hemp hearts have an excellent nutritional profile and are known to be the most concentrated and balanced plant based source of protein, essential fats and vitamins. One serving of three tablespoons has 10 grams of protein, 10 grams of omegas, 3 grams of fibre and 3 grams of carbohydrates. They are loaded with manganese and contain magnesium, phosphorus, thiamin, iron, zinc, vitamin B and calcium.
Store hemp seeds in dark unopened packaging and in a cool place for up to 12 months. Once package is open store in the fridge in the dark packaging. Hemp seeds can also be frozen to extend shelf life.
It is best to not heat hemp hearts above 350 degrees fahrenheit as this can cause the healthy fats to turn into unhealthy trans fats. For dishes above 350 degrees, simply sprinkle the hemp hearts on top before serving rather than cooking with them or cook with them below 350 degrees.