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More about our Hemp Hearts
Bring a burst of protein into every meal with Hemp Connect’s popular, versatile Hemp Hearts.
Perfect for those of us who are on-the-go and need a boost of feel-good energy. Our hemp hearts are a good source of protein which is necessary for tissue building and repair and contributes to the growth and maintenance of muscle.
Hemp is known as the world's most nutritious seed thanks to its balanced nutrition profile with over 30% protein and 30% poly-unsaturated fatty acids. A source of omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, our hemp hearts are also good sources of vitamins and minerals including magnesium, folate, iron, selenium and zinc.
Hemp hearts are your go-to everyday superfood. Add a cup to smoothies, bliss balls, cereals, yoghurts, salads, stews and pasta sauces. Try one of our favourites – toast hemp hearts in a fry pan to enhance that beautiful nutty flavour.
Why we love them
- 100% New Zealand grown & made
- Spray free, GMO free
- Great source of protein
- Source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, in the optimal ratio of 1:3 for maximum absorption
- Low in sodium and sugar
- Vegan, paleo, keto, gluten-free & dairy-free
- Delicious light nutty flavour, perfect for sweet and savoury dishes
- Versatile & easy to use
How they're made
We crack and remove the outer shell (husk) from whole hemp seeds before extracting the hemp heart (or dehulled hemp seeds). We select the best hemp hearts based on weight and structure, before sorting for purity and colour.
Use one cup of hemp hearts in baking, smoothies, cereals, yoghurts, salads, stews and pasta sauces.
Your questions, answered
What are hemp hearts?
Hemp hearts are nature’s most versatile superfood. With a light, nutty flavour and buttery undertones, they’re a great addition to both savoury and sweet meals or snacks.
Hemp hearts are made when the whole hemp seed is cracked and the outer shell (husk) is removed. The inside of the seeds (the hemp hearts, or dehulled hemp seeds) are selected by weight and structure. Hemp hearts are then sorted for purity and colour to produce a cream-coloured product, with minimal chlorophyll remaining.
Why do these hemp hearts taste different to other hemp hearts?
We use an optical sorter to take off the hemp seed shell, to ensure there’s no bitter taste.
Thanks to our specialised production facility, we’re able to supply our customers with the freshest hemp hearts, made using hemp seeds harvested in March. Try our hemp hearts to taste the difference.
Is your hemp gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free?
We’re committed to delivering a wheat-free product, we have a specialised combine harvester that is used exclusively for hemp. Our certified organic processing factory processes our NZ-grown hemp. Our in-house food technologist ensures the standard for food safety and quality assurance is consistently met.
Do I need to cook the hemp hearts?
No, our hemp hearts are very tender and can be eaten raw. Add a cup to cooking, baking, smoothies – you name it!
Should I store my hemp hearts in the fridge?
Hemp hearts have a high oil content and to maintain their optimum condition should be stored to protect them form oxygen, heat and light. So in a sealed container in a cool, dark pantry works best. If your pantry is really hot with lots of light, keep them in the fridge.