Thursday, 29 August 2013

our local paradise ~ hemp

My son arrived with some hemp leaves he had freshly picked from his Dad's licensed hemp plot in Devon.  We dried them in the dehydrator to make delicious fresh hemp powder which I love to use in raw chocolate and smoothies.

There are many amazing benefits of hemp leaves.  It is a green like no other and tastes nice in smoothies and other treats where other green powders risk ruining the recipe...
"... an extraordinarily complex superfood, containing many of the essential nutrients in good ratios. It is rich in minerals, essential natural sugars ( glyconutrients), chlorophyll, silicon and light energy and energises the brain. It provides, amongst other nutrients, essential natural sugars and carbohydrates, invaluable to sports people. It also helps with melanin production in the skin and helps one absorb full spectrum light. It is low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). However it is still rich in other helpful cannabinoids, in particular CBD (cannabidiol). The high quantites of THC in highly bred strains of cannabis can bring on anxiety and paranoia. The original plant (to which all cannabis and hemp will tend if allowed to seed and regrow naturally) is well-balanced with the anti-psychotic cannabinoid, CBD. Hemp leaf is low in THC but has plenty of CBD so can be a very healing medicine food."
So easy to grow and apparently with one licence a lot of hemp can be grown.

This is my current favourite raw chocolate recipe using hemp leaf.  Though I say it myself, it is really delicious!

Superfood and fruit Chocolate

60g cacao butter
40g cacao paste
a few grains celtic sea salt
3 Tbsps raw honey
2 Tbsps maca powder (gelatinized maca works best)
3 Tbsps lucuma powder
1 Tbsp violet fig powder
1 Tbsp green fig powder
1 Tbsp strawberry powder
½ tsp vanilla powder
sprinkling cayenne powder
1 Tbsp hemp leaf powder
1 Tbsp purple corn flour
1 tsp he shou wu powder
sprinkling blue green algae

Melt cacao butter and paste over low heat and stir in salt and honey.
Stir the dried ingredients together well and mix into the melted paste and butter.  Pour into moulds to set.

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