The Benefits of Seeds

What is Hemp?

Hemp is traditionally found in the northern hemisphere and is a strain of the Cannabis sativa plant.  Hemp is grown specifically for industrial use and is an entirely different strain from the recreational cannabis plant with no psychedelic effect.  Hemp is widely used in paper, textiles, clothing, biofuel, animal feed and food.

The New Zealand Government announced in November 2018 that hemp seeds as a food would be legalised and treated just like any edible seed.

You will now find hemp seed on the shelves of many supermarkets and food stores as an ingredient in cookies, smoothie powders and also available as a hulled seed and in oil form.  It is being used in many new food development projects.

What is good about hemp?

Hemp seeds are considered to be one of the most nutrient dense seeds. Commonly known for its good source of protein, it’s one of the few plant-based proteins rich in Vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc.  It’s also rich in essential fatty acids.  There are several benefits of hemp seeds including boosting heart health, reducing inflammation and boosting the immune system.

Where is our hemp grown?

Hemp is one of the most sustainable crops with a short cropping cycle.  It takes roughly 100 days or so to grow and many varieties can be grown at different times of the year.  The hemp seeds we use are grown in Canada where hemp seed has been available for many years.

Why did we use it?

We decided to use hemp seed in our latest Plum & Hemp Seed preserve because of the intense consumer interest given the recent legislation in New Zealand.  Hemp seeds have a smooth nutty flavour that when paired with fruit balances the sweetness of a preserve.

What are chia seeds?

Chia seeds are an edible seed of a flowering plant in the mint family.  The seeds are oval and grey with black and white spots.  They absorb up to 12 times their weight in liquid when soaked and develop a ‘slimy’ coating that give chia-based food and beverages a distinct ‘gel-like’ texture.

What are good about chia seeds?

Chia seeds are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet.  They are high in fibre, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and other micronutrients.

Where are our chia seeds grown?

Chia seeds are native to Central America and are commercially grown in both Central and South America.  For this reason we source our chia seeds from nearby Argentina.  Crops were widely cultivated by the Aztecs in pre-Columbian times and were a staple food for Mesoamercian cultures.

Why do we use chia seed?

We recognise chia seeds are popular in many food and drinks on supermarket shelves, therefore consumers are enjoying them as an ingredient in many foods. We recognise that many people who are making jam at home are playing with berry and chia seed combinations… especially those who are looking to make a ‘healthier’ alternative to traditional jam, hence the introduction of our Berries & Chia Seed preserve.