Organic Hemp

Description:

Cannabis sativa, commonly known as Hemp or Industrial Hemp is a plant originating in Central Asia and can be traced back 2,800 years to active use. Hemp seeds, from which Hemp protein is produced, are sourced from the female plant flowers which are small and greenish yellow, forming elongated, spike-like clusters.

Medicinal Properties:

The Hemp plant is used almost in its entirety for its medicinal properties as remedies or supplements. It is widely known that the Hemp leaf is used by cancer sufferers and the terminally ill as pain medication, however the Hemp seeds contain approximately 30% oil and no longer contains psychotropic action. The Hemp seeds do however, provide a high source of protein and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which has been shown to have significant health benefits for cardiovascular disease sufferers.

Nutrients & Phytochemicals:

Hemp seeds are known to be made up of 25% protein and a considerable amount of dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals. The two main types of protein found in Hemp seeds; edestin and albumin, are regarded as high quality storage proteins, that are easily digested and comprise of notable amounts of essential amino acids – most prominently; arginine – a powerful neurotransmitter that is known to aid in circulation.

Uses For Hemp Protein Powder:

  • Mixed into smoothies, shakes, juices
  • Utilised as a health supplement for fibre and protein
  • Combined in protein bars and other healthy snacks.

Did You Know?

  • Hemp paper was used in school books until the 1880s
  • The oldest known records of hemp farming dates back 5,000 years and can be traced to China.
  • Henry Ford’s developed a plastic made out of Hemp to be used in his early model cars.


Reference:
Encyclopedia of Britannica; viewed: 22/5/18; https://www.britannica.com/plant/hemp
Pierce. G N, Rodriguez – Leyva. D, 2010, Nutr Medlab; The Caridac and haemostatic effects of dietary hempseed, viewed: 22/5/18, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2868018/
Callaway. J C, 2004, Euphytica; Hempseed as a nutritional resource: An overview, Vol. 140, pp. 65 – 72. http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/sites/default/files/discussions/ contributions/Hempseed_as_a_nutritional_resource-_An_overview_2.pdf

Organic Baobab Fruit

Baobab

Description:

Baobab is the common name for each of the nine species of tree in the genus Adansonia. Of those nine species, six are native to Madagascar and two to the Arabian Peninsula and mainland Africa and one to Australia.  The shape of the Baobab fruit can sometimes be obtuse, oblong-cylindrical or globose and is covered in a velvety yellow-greenish hair. The seeds inside the woody thick outer shell are reniform and embedded in the dry mealy pulp.

Medicinal Properties:

In traditional African medicine, the Baobab fruit pulp, bark, leaves, roots, oil and seeds are commonly used to treat an extensive variety of illnesses. Baobab powder contains soluble fibre, which is great for reducing cholesterol and the risk of heart disease, as well as increasing satiety and stabalising blood sugars.  It also contains insoluble fibre, which has been linked to improving bowel health and digestion.  Vitamin C is also present in the Baobab fruit, which aids in the reduction of inflammation, ageing and free radicals.

Nutrients & Phytochemicals:

Baobab fruit pulp has been shown to contain a good source of fat, protein and crude fibre. Our Baobab powder contains 25% soluble fibre, 10% insoluble fibre and has a naturally-occurring source of vitamin C, which will offer you 25% of the RDI per 11g serve.  The seed and fruit pulp of the Baobab contain excellent sources of potassium, magnesium and calcium along with amino acids such as glutamic acid, aspartic acid and arginine in significant quantities.

Uses For Baobab Fruit/Powder:

  • Sprinkled on desserts, yogurt and fruit to add a citrus flavour
  • Mixed into smoothies, shakes, juices
  • Utilised as a health supplement for a fibre and vitamin C claim
  • As a thickening agent in soups or sauces

Did You Know?

  • It is thought that some Baobab trees are over 1000 years old as they are able to tolerate high temperatures and long spans of drought
  • Baobab trees flower, producing a staminal tube, much like that of a hibiscus with compound leaves
  • The fruit of the Baobab trees develop 5-6 months after flowering
  • The young leaves of the Baobab tree can be cooked as spinach or dried as a powder for sauces

References:
Sidibe, M and William J.T. (2002) Baobab. Adansonia digitate. International Centre for Underutilised Crops, Southampton, UK. <L.https://books.google.com.au/books?hl=e n&lr=&id=zskefIIlc1IC&oi=fnd&pg=PA5&dq=baobab&ots=IGMdG6mf1u&sig=B0haf8-w2dj-Oqw7BQlNEI5Y704>
Osman, M, 2004, Chemical and Nutrient Analysis of Baobab (Adansonia digitata) Fruit and Seed Protein Solubility, Plant for Food and Humans, vol. 59 pp. 29-33 http://www.baobabdirect.com/newsitems/ChemicalAndNurientAnalysisofBaobabFruitAndSeedProteinSolubility.pdf