Why is hemp oil so great?
While touted as a miracle food that can cure everything from skin issues such as psoriasis and eczema to cancer (don't laugh - there's some very good evidence), the undisputed truth is that hemp oil is rich in essential fatty acids (Omega 3 and Omega 6) - which are great for vegetarians and vegans who don't eat fish - and low in saturated fat - which is great for everyone.
Hemp is known as one of the best superfoods available, so along with hemp seeds, and hemp protein, hemp oil is a great way to get all the benefits of this readily available and affordable superfood. Read on to find out what you need to know about hemp seed oil.
Hemp oil facts
Hemp oil is a dark oil, and you may find the color a bit off-putting at first - it's a deep green hue, which, once you get used to it, you may actually find quite beautiful, if not exactly appetizing at first. Hemp oil does need to be stored in the refrigerator, both before and after opening. Hemp oil producers Manitoba Harvest say that hemp oil can be left unrefridgerated for a couple days, but any longer and you risk it going rancid.
Most hemp oils are raw (and made from raw hemp seeds), cold-pressed and unrefined. certified organic and non-GMO, if that's important to you.
What does hemp oil taste like?
Hemp oil is darker and more flavorful than more neutral oils you might be used to.
The taste is nutty and earthy - making it a great oil to use in salad dressings, as a bread dip, but not really suitable for anything sweet, or anything delicate that might get overpowered by the strong flavor.
i personally also find the flavor of hemp oil to be fairly neutral, so while I wouldn't use it to make, say, a sweet raspberry vinaigrette, it does go well with just about anything non-sweet, in my opinion.
Is hemp oil suitable on a raw foods diet?
Nearly all hempseed oil, including two of the more popular brands, Nutiva and Manitoba Harvest, is organic, unrefined and cold-pressed, meaning that it should also be raw. Check the label to make sure that is says "cold-pressed" or "raw".
How to cook with hemp oil?
Hemp has a low smoke point, which means that it will start to smoke and change flavor with anything more than just a little bit of heat. You can warm it up, but make sure it doesn't actually get hot. So while you can't deep-fry with it (but why would you want to), hemp oil is perfect for salad dressings, drizzled on rice or grain salads such as tabbouli, as a dip for toast points, or, use it in blended sauces such as a hemp hummus, hemp pesto or even homemade mayonnaise. Add a small amount to a smoothie or drizzle it on top of hummus.
Hemp oil recipes:
- Hemp oil vinaigrette dressing
- Hemp oil honey mustard
- Hummus with hempseeds and hemp oil
- Superfood salad with kale and hemp oil dressing