Yes. In November 2017 legislation was passed to allow the consumption of hemp foods in Australia. Worldwide, people have been eating hemp for thousands of years, and it was banned in the USA and other countries including Australia in the 1970s. But finally, common sense has prevailed and hemp foods are safe and legal to eat in all Australian states and territories (and recently in the USA).
Yes. Hemp is free of all known allergens and GMO free. Our hemp foods are pure with no additives. It’s rare that hemp foods disagree with a person’s digestion, so we suggest you try it and discover the great taste and health benefits yourself.
No additives whatsoever. Just pure and natural 100% hemp seed.
Yes. We use hemp seed which is completely GMO free to produce our pure hemp foods.
Yes, hemp is naturally gluten free. However, there is a risk of contamination with other grain from harvesting machinery, which is why we test our hemp seed every harvest for all allergens including gluten. Our processing plant is not used for processing any other seeds besides hemp. We are not certified gluten free, but our independent testing must measure gluten levels as “not detectable” to gain our tick of approval.
Hemp oil has a smooth, nutty buttery taste. It’s easy to take straight – that’s what we suggest when you’re looking for a good health kick every morning. But we really recommend you enhance your foods with hemp oil so you can really enjoy the great taste and texture of it.
Hemp seed oil is a delicate oil unsuitable for frying, and please do not boil it. It has a smoke point of 165 degrees Celcius. Because it’s a highly unsaturated vegetable oil, hemp seed oil is denatured by heating above 150°C. However, you can drizzle it on vegetables before oven roasting them, saute foods at medium to low heat, or it’s fine to use in baking. Hemp seed oil is also used as a nutritional boost in salad dressings, smoothies, sauces, dips and pastas.
We recommend that you keep hemp oil in a cool, dark place to maximize its shelf life. It’s already in a dark glass bottle for this reason but storing hemp oil in the pantry at room temperature is fine. During summer keeping your hemp oil in the fridge is better but make sure it doesn’t freeze.
Raw hulled hemp seeds taste great on their own, but roasted or baked hemp seeds can enhance the look and taste of breads, slices, biscuits, quiches, pancakes, protein balls, roasts, hamburgers, pastas, curries, stirfry and roasted and boiled veggies. Anywhere you would use nuts or other seeds try substituting with hemp seeds and get a flavor and health kick to go.
Yes. Hemp seeds can be frozen and thawed safely without damaging the rich nutritional profile. We recommend you only freeze them once though.
You can, but there is no need to. Hemp seeds are already small, soft and easy to eat. If you need to soak them, they only need around 2 to 4 hours.
Our hemp crops are exclusively grown in the South East region of South Australia, and on farms a short distance over the border in Victoria. No imported seed, all 100% Australian. Our hemp crops are grown by farmers who partner directly with us to supply quality hemp seed to meet our requirements for cold pressing oil and dehulling seed.
Hemp is one of those amazing crops which does great things for the soil and environment. It grows fast and sequesters carbon from the atmosphere and returns it to the soil to improve soil health and fertility. It’s a deep-rooted plant which aerates the soil to improve soil structure and water retention. Hemp returns biomass to the soil promoting microbial activity. And hemp is just a link in the crop rotation chain to break a cycle of continuous cropping, so it breaks plant disease cycles naturally. It’s also a natural weed suppressant because it outgrows surrounding weeds, naturally smothering them which reduces herbicide use. We don’t use water from our over-used river systems to irrigate our hemp crops, using instead water from vast underground aquifers which our region is famous for. There are plenty of reasons why hemp is a valuable, ancient, sustainable food source.
No, not officially. Hemp is a summer irrigated crop, so you can imagine when the surrounding landscape is dry in summer, all the bad bugs congregate on the nearest hemp field which is lush and green. If we don’t control these bugs they will basically eat until there is no seed left to harvest. We take all steps to ensure that we don’t harm the bees and ladybugs which also love hemp. We test all harvested seed for contamination every year to ensure levels are undetectable to meet our strict requirements.
Yes. We test our hemp seeds after harvest for peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, lupins, gluten, soy and sulphites. Levels must be “not detected” to gain our tick of approval.
It depends what you need in your diet, and what suits your taste! Hulled hemp seed is simply the raw hemp seed with the husk removed – no additives whatsoever. It has a unique tasty flavor and easy to add to any dishes or include with your cooking and baking. It also contains over 30% natural plant protein which makes it great in a vegetarian diet. Hemp seed oil on the other hand is great for everyday health, also tastes great with your favorite foods, but has no protein content. The key to any good diet is variety, so try them all and enjoy your food.
Remember that hemp flour is gluten free, and because gluten gives a loaf of bread it’s texture and volume, without gluten a loaf of bread will be very dense and compact, like rye bread. So, try mixing hemp flour with other types of flour to give your loaf a lift (we suggest you start with a 50/50 blend and go from there). The good news is that biscuits, cakes, quiches and slices love hemp flour! Hemp flour is great substitute for plain flour and will give your favourite recipes a great flavour and texture, with health benefits to go.
Our hemp protein powder has no flavors or additives. It’s produced by a simple milling process, not a chemical extraction which is commonly used to make protein isolates. Our protein meal is not a protein isolate, which means that all the beneficial raw ingredients of hemp haven’t been removed. Our hemp protein is quite tasteless and easily dissolved, so you can add it to your smoothies, shakes and food dishes and get the protein boost without overwhelming the flavors and aromas you’re trying to create.
The best before date on our hemp foods is 24 months, but with proper storage (in a cool dark place) it could easily be longer. Hemp foods will not grow harmful bacteria if stored incorrectly or if it’s kept beyond the best before date. Worst case scenario is it will slowly go rancid and gradually become bitter to taste.