Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Himalania - Dark Chocolate Hemp Seeds - Apr. 20, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

Dark Chocolate Hemp Seeds
Weight: 2 Tablespoons - 1.06 oz. (30 g.) / 6 oz. (170 g.) in total package
Calories: 160 calories in 1 (2 TB) serving
Cost: $5.99 for 1 package
Purchased from: Safeway, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate and Seeds Theme Week.

Today's Himalania Dark Chocolate Hemp Seeds were distributed by BrandStorm, Inc. (Van Nuys, CA).

Seeds are great. Fiber, Omegas*, Magnesium. Let's hear it for seeds. However, when it comes to hemp seeds, we've needed to import ours from Canada, as there have been restrictions on growing hemp for food, fiber and oil in the U.S.

The Himalania Non-GMO Verified hemp seeds were sustainably grown, toasted, and enrobed in dark chocolate.

These seeds looked a bit like dark chocolate caviar. They had a slightly malty aroma and flavor, and a somewhat fibrous, seedy crunch.

Hemp Seed History
Hemp originated in Central Asia but over time was cultivated in other countries.

Himalania packaging points out that hemp was "once a staple ingredient amongst ancient civilizations," and that the seeds "have achieved great longevity due to their ability to nourish and fuel in their natural state. Each serving provides...vitamins and minerals, including proteins, fibers, omegas and essential amino seeds."

Unfortunately, the history of hemp is conflated with marijuana use, although the seed's nutritional profile is quite compelling on its own.

*Himalania Dark Chocolate Hemp Seeds contain: 0.5g Omega-3 and 1.5 g. Omega-6 per serving. One serving is 2 TB or 1.06 oz. (30 g.). 

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