Monday, 4 November 2013

Braham & Murray- Good Hemp Food - REVIEW



Braham &  Murray- Good Hemp Food - REVIEW
A short while ago I was contacted by 'Good Hemp Food' to see if I would like to review some of their products. As I have never tried any hemp products, I was keen to taste and test.

Good Hemp Food 
produces and sells a number of healthy products packed full of OMEGA 3. They sell a nutritious and delicious cold-pressed hemp seed oil,  packed with natural goodness; also hemp milk, a range of shelled hemp seeds, dressings and mayonnaises and hemp protein. I had remembered seeing hemp oil on a number of recipes and a lot of healthy-living sites putting hemp oil as a great addition to smoothies and home-made juice drinks.


Henry Braham and Glynis Murray, the founders of Good Hemp Food, decided to take their farming skills into producing hemp. They bought Collarbear Farm and starting farming without the intention to create a culinary oil.

Hemp being hugely beneficial to the environment and super eco-friendly meant they could grow one of the most sustainable crops on earth, and as I am all for sustainable farming, so far, thumbs up from me. After experimenting and a lot of trial and error they perfected their Good Oil (hemp seed oil). 

After they contacted me I got the opportunity to try out their Good Oil, shelled hemp seeds and their Good Hemp milk.


GOOD OIL Original Hemp Seed Oil


Braham &  Murray- Good Hemp Food - REVIEW
As we're into the Autumn in the UK I must admit I was not sure how to use the oil. From what I'd read, heating the oil too much may cause it to lose some of its nutritious properties, but I was soon able to discover a great range of potential uses in the autumn winter season.

I first used the oil in a side-dish of sweet potato. After baking a sweet potato in the oven for 40 minutes I took it out, sliced it into rounds and coated it in delicious hemp seed oil. The flavour is not overpowering and has a lovely nutty taste. I then sprinkled the potato with dill and shelled hemp seeds. This turned my plain sweet potato side dish into something super tasty. I loved the combination of oil, seeds and dill. Something I will repeat again.

I served it with buttered broccoli, sprouts, and chicken breast wrapped in bacon. This is a perfect alternative to olive oil, less pungent and I even quite like the taste off the spoon.




Braham &  Murray- Good Hemp Food - REVIEW

After using the oil in this savoury dish I also decided to try it in one of my favourite sweet dishes. In fact I used all of the ingredients for review in my super-healthy raw vegan, dairy-free, sugar-free chocolate truffle hemp treat!

Hempseed Raw Chcolate Truffles

The full recipe for the above truffles can be found at 

hemp seed dark chocolate truffles HERE 


I found that using hemp oil is a good alternative to coconut oil in my truffles and it mixed like a dream. 

After researching further into hemp oil I discovered it not only has great nutritional properties but also is great for the skin, so apart from using it in a fruit smoothies and food recipes, I intend to try this on my dry skin in the winter. So hemp oil has a whole host of possibilities for me now.


GOOD Hemp Milk


Okay I put my hands up here. I was doubtful and reluctant to try the hemp milk, even though I am such a non-dairy milk drinker. I normally drink almond milk and in the past have drunk rice and soya milk. Hemp milk? This sounded a bit strange to me. After reading the ingredients I was still a bit unsure but decided to bite the bullet. I poured it on my home-made gluten-free muesli with fresh bananas.  Okay, it's actually quite tasty. I tend to get used to new milks fairly quickly. If you are transitioning from cows' milk to this, you may find it rather strange. It has a sweet taste, which comes from the grape juice concentrate, and is creamy-smooth and nutty in flavour.

The fact that it has 50% of the daily requirement of Omega 3 from a 250ml glass, this swayed me over. 

It was easy to digest; it contains no soya so it will not upset my sensitive hormones; is dairy-free and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Also UK produced and can be bought in most of the main supermarket chains.

It is made from a pure blend of hemp seeds.

I added this to my dark chocolate hemp truffles and it worked brilliantly. I am also going to have myself a lovely banana milkshake later to see how it tastes as a drink.

Shelled Hemp Seeds


Sprinkling these on my sweet potato added the extra health benefit of Omega 3, but by rolling my truffles in them, meant I not only had chocolate, a woman's favourite treat, but all the antioxidants from the chocolate AND Omega 3 from the oil, milk and seeds, which also give a lovely protein source. I love the texture on my tongue of these seeds in my truffles and I can see they will have far reaching creative potential in recipes.

These could be added to smoothies, sprinkled on my cereal or in porridge, added to soups or sprinkled on salads in the summer, or like me, added to yummy chocolate truffles. These are very light and easy to digest, perfect if you have a nut allergy and want some extra texture in your dishes and also want the health-giving properties of hemp.

OVERVIEW - GOOD HEMP 


I like that Good Hemp is UK made and herbicide and pesticide free. And to know that hemp is one of the world's most sustainable plants ticks all my eco-friendly boxes. And apart from it being the second fastest growing plant, Braham and Murray use the entire crop, so nothing goes to waste. I love this!

They use the seed for food and the fibre is used to create sustainable building materials, which have incredible thermal properties. GOOD HEMP fibre is actually helping to build 250 eco social houses this year (2013). So I am honoured to review this product.


Who Will Like GOOD Hemp Food?


Anyone on a dairy-free diet.

Anyone on a vegan diet.

Anyone on a vegetarian diet.

Anyone wanting to add more OMEGA 3 to their diet.

Anyone wanting a more nutritious addition to their diet.

Anyone wanting to branch out from the standard oils out there.


Anyone wanting to support the environment as hemp is one of the most sustainable crops out there and GOOD Hemp Food, waste nothing.


Anyone on a nut free diet wanting to stay away from soya and nut milks.




OVERALL SUMMARY Of GOOD Hemp Food



It feels good to support a company producing a crop that not only provides a great OMEGA 3 food source but also is UK based and the fibre from the crops is used in creating eco housing. The product is top class oil, with a lovely light nutty taste. The seeds have a great texture and are a great snack, and a good alternative to other seed products on salads. Lots of uses for both oil, seeds and milk. The milk is a great alternative for those with a nut allergy who do not want to eat soya or almond milk. 

Normally in my criticism I would say it was too expensive, but it actually isn't considering the quality of the product. So I can't think of any criticism. If I do I will come back to this post.


If you like what you see in this review, you can purchase GOOD Hemp Food products from many UK supermarkets or on-line HERE (in the UK) or HERE (USA). You can also keep up to date with GOOD Hemp Food on Twitter HERE and Facebook HERE



*Post Disclaimer: I received  Good Oil, shelled hemp seeds and their Good Hemp milk from Braham & Murray, Good Hemp Food in the UK for review. All opinions are my own.  

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