Nutiva’s organic shelled hemp hearts (also known as “shelled hemp seeds” or “shelled hempseed”) are a nutritious, versatile and tasty food. Cold-processed (under 104°F) straight from raw, live hemp seeds, hemp hearts are about the size of a sesame seed.
The hard outer shell of the hemp seed is removed mechanically, without the use of hexane or other toxic solvents, leaving just a soft, creamy and nutty hemp heart. All of Nutiva’s certified organic hemp hearts are grown by Canadian farmers who never use any toxic pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers or chemicals.
Hemp hearts (also known as “shelled hemp seeds” or “shelled hempseed”) are a rich source of nutrition, putting them in the “superfoods” category. Hemp hearts typically contain 33 percent protein, 9 percent omega-3 essential fatty acids, and are an excellent source of iron, vitamin E and GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), an Omega-6 fatty acid.
Omega fatty acids are essential because human bodies cannot make them on their own, which means we need to get these good fats from our diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are particularly beneficial to the brain, skin, joints and heart and Omega-6, such as GLA, is important to hair, skin and bone health; and regulates metabolism and the reproductive system.
The protein profile in hemp hearts makes them one of the densest sources of plant protein, which can be of significant benefit to vegetarians, athletes and anyone looking to add a healthy source of protein to their diet.
The hemp heart is a tasty and versatile food with a light and nutty flavor. Try adding to both hot and cold cereals, blending into your favorite smoothies, sprinkle on top of salads, soups, and even ice cream, and add hemp hearts to baked goods for a nutritious and nutty boost.
It is best to keep hemp hearts refrigerated and airtight. Larger quantities can even be frozen, such as a bulk 5-pound bag. This will help protect the quality of your hemp hearts.