Burning Questions

Edible hemp and the Hemp Nut – What the…?! You’ve heard of us, had a look at our website, scoured every inch, but a burning questions remains, one you desperately want an answer to – we present our FAQ page

What makes the Hemp Nut so delicious and nutritious?

The Hempnut consists of …

  • Oil
  • Protein
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Vitamins & Minerals
  • Water

The oil content consists of…

… 84% polyunsaturated fatty acids, Omega-3 and Omega-6

… 9% unsaturated fatty acids, Omega-9

… only 7% saturated fatty acids

The ideal ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 is what makes the oil inside the Hemp Nut so special and one of the healthiest of all… and on top of that, it’s totally plant-based!

The protein portion consists of…

All 20 amino acids! Crucially, this includes the 9 essential amino acids our body is unable to produce on its own.

 

The following vitamins and minerals are also present…

Vitamin E, vitamins B1 & B2, phosphor, calcium, potassium and magnesium

Buying food made with hemp?

Where can I sign up for updates from you?

We’re thrilled that you’re showing interest in our activities and products. You can sign up for our newsletter here and be the first to receive the latest information and news.

Where can I buy edible hemp?

From our Online Shop. We’re currently working on new products so check out the website from time to time so as not to miss out. Or even better, subscribe to our newsletter and we’ll inform you of new products right away.

Thanks for your purchase!

Where can I find your products if they are unavailable on the Online Shop or at the reseller stores?

If this happens, we’re sorry! It means our products are out of stock. We’re a pretty young company and we’re trying not to produce beyond demand. As Hemp grows seasonally and we only harvest once a year, it means sometimes we end up running out. Harvest usually takes place in September and the fresh nuts are ready about 6-8 weeks later. Be the first to know by subscribing to our newsletter.

Hemp as an ingredient in the kitchen?

How do I use your products in the kitchen?

Take your love of experimenting beyond its limits. The best way to get to know our products is by playing around with them in the kitchen. And if you have no idea where to start, Rebecca’s HempRecipe Booklet will give you a guiding nudge.

The Powder and the Nuts go perfectly with cereals, smoothies, and baked or cooked goods like pasta, cakes or crêpes. Our hemp line will refine the flavours of your meal with its characteristic taste.

Our HempOil is a must for lovers of cold dishes like antipasti or salads. You can also season warm goods with it once cooked. You should avoid heating it and should keep it in the fridge once opened because of Omega-3’s sensitive nature, as well as for keeping the delicate Omega-6 fatty acids intact. Otherwise the chemical makeup changes and the health benefits are lost.

Another way to consume it is to just take a tablespoon of it neat, which is our daily ritual, one we can only recommend.

We’re also working on new products so if you wish to be kept in the loop about our new stuff you can sign up for the newsletter here. Until then, here are our current products.

How to store hemp products?

The only product you should keep in a cold dark place (e.g. the fridge) is the HempOil. It’s ok to store the other products, like the HempNuts and the HempPowderat room temperature, but make sure it’s in a dry place. The packaging’s zip guarantees freshness.

Is hemp pure plant-based? So vegetarian and vegan?

Yes, that’s right. It’s suitable for vegetarians, vegans and carnivores alike – we invite gourmets of all kinds to join our tribe! The only exception is our HempPasta, which contains eggs.

What about allergens?

HempNuts are naturally free of allergens. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee no gluten contamination during processing but we’re working on it!

Protein and amino acids … what are they good for?

The HempNuts are 25% protein. The blocks which protein is made up of are called proteinogenic amino acids and provide our body with the substances necessary for building cells and muscles. We need 20 of these amino acids, 9 of which are considered essential since the human body is unable to produce them by itself. These must be supplied through our food. The Hemp Nut contains all 20 proteinogenic amino acids.

Production and processing of Hempnuts?

How exactly does your processing method work?

We focus on two things at once: a natural yet gentle method. It begins with prioritizing regional and organic farming, where we value short transport distances. The next focal point is gentle processing from nut to powder, and the cold pressing of the oil and, finally, appropriate storage and fresh delivery.

These are the measures we take to maintain the sensitive and valuable nutrients of the HempNut as best as possible.

Does the Hemp Nut contain narcotics? Could the Hemp Nut be used to produce narcotics?

Modern industrial edible hemp strains have a THC concentration of less than 0.3%. So, as you might have already guessed by now, it cannot be used to produce narcotics. The Nut itself doesn’t contain any THC or CBD at all.

You say that your plants flourish at higher altitudes as well – where exactly are your regional plants located?

The valley of the Pre-Alps provides fertile farmland for us to grow many hectares’ worth. The rest of our crop comes from land a bit higher up, on a slope in the dry and climate-wise highly favorable Domleschg and on the sunny terraces of Bonaduz. Our highest hemp fields are in Tschiertschen at a height of 1350 meters above sea level and in Lohn at 1600 meters.

Sowing takes place at the end of spring. The high temperatures and the drought during the summer 2018 affected the growth of the plants in a negative way, which resulted in lower yields.

How come more Hemp isn’t grown in Switzerland if the plant is supposedly a superfood?

The growing of hemp for industrial use or as a food source isn’t subsidized in Switzerland anymore, even though it’s a common practice in surrounding EU countries. That’s why the plant isn’t considered an attractive crop to Swiss farmers, even though there’s plenty of potential for it in food, medicine, construction and even the textile industry. We aim to close this gap – with or without government subsidy.

The legal aspects of planting hemp as a food item.

Do farmers need permission to grow hemp?

No, they don’t. However, in specific cantons it is your duty to report it as one of your crops. We recommend working transparently with this plant. Only low THC strains (< 1%) can be legally grown.

Aren’t hemp plants prohibited?

Excerpt of Swiss law treats industrial hemp as following:

“…Gestützt auf Anhang 6 Artikel 5 des Abkommens zwischen der Schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft und der Europäischen Gemeinschaft über den Handel mit landwirtschaftlichen Erzeugnissen (SR 0.916.026.81) sind Hanfsorten, die in der Europäischen Gemeinschaft zugelassen sind, auch in der Schweiz zugelassen (Art. 20 Bst. a und Art. 27 Abs. 1 Bst. c der Saat- und Pflanzgut-Verordnung des WBF, SR 916.151.1)…”

Do you sell certified hemp seeds or hemp seedlings?

Unfortunately we don’t. You’ll need to look elsewhere.

What sort of support are you seeing from politicians?

Good question, thanks for asking! Politicians ought to be made aware of the benefits of hemp and start supporting it. It has great potential as a major food source, especially considering our upcoming battle with climate change. This is a chance we can seize. From 2019 onwards, we hope for direct support schemes for industrial hemp again!

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