Manitoba Harvest - Hemp Hearts Natural Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds - 8 oz. (227 g.)
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Natural Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds have 10 grams of omega 3 & 6 per serving. It has a nutty flavor and is the most versatile product Manitoba Harvest carries. Hemp Hearts, the very best and most nutritious part of the hemp seed, the heart. By shelling the hemp seed, you get only the center, with its raw nutrition, rich nutty flavor and tender crunch. So easy to use, eat them straight out of the package or sprinkle on anything - salad, cereal or yogurt. The only limit is your imagination!
Hemp Hearts may look little, but they contain 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omegas per 30 gram serving - more than a comparable serving of flax or chia. Manitoba Harvest's producers deliver whole seed directly to their state-of-the-art, global food safety and quality certified facility. Here the seed is de-hulled and goes through over 30 food quality and safety tests before being packaged in a modified atmosphere, light impermeable package to lock in the freshness. All Manitoba Harvest packaging includes the "packaged on" and "best before" dates to ensure you’re getting the highest quality product available. Hemp Hearts Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds, as with all Manitoba Harvest products, are Non-GMO Project Verified.
Hemp has been around for centuries and has played an instrumental role in shaping this continent. Settlers were given free land if they grew hemp. The Declaration of Independence draft was written on hemp paper. Hemp materials were used in numerous war efforts. Hemp was integrating into modern life until it was ‘temporarily’ banned due to misconceptions. Yes, hemp is a species of Cannabis sativa. No, hemp is not the same as marijuana.
Hemp contains 0.001% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and will Nnot cause a psychoactive effect nor will their products cause a false positive drug test. Largely thanks to Manitoba Harvest co-founders’ advocacy efforts, hemp was demystified and Industrial Hemp was legalized in Canada in 1998. From there an industry was (re)born!
Manitoba Harvest focuses solely on hemp foods. Do you blame them? Hemp foods taste great! Hemp foods have a slightly nutty taste that complements any dish.
In 1606, French Botanist Louis Hebert planted the first hemp crop in North America. By the 1800s the King of England offered free land (and free hemp seed) to immigrants who moved to Canada and grew hemp. Hemp became an essential for new immigrants both as a food and for textile.
South of the border, American farmers were required by law to grow hemp in Virginia and other colonies. Founding Fathers George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams all grew hemp. The Declaration of Independence was even drafted on hemp paper. Notable warships like the U.S.S. Constitution were outfitted with hemp sails and rigging. Hemp played a crucial role in evolving the nation.
Largely due to confusion with other kinds of Cannabis, growing hemp was prohibited in 1937. Around the same time, the magazine Popular Mechanics declared hemp as the next Billion-dollar crop estimating over 25,000 different uses for hemp. Also during this time, Henry Ford developed a vehicle made from hemp plastic that ran on hemp ethanol.
The ban on growing hemp was temporarily lifted in 1942 when the US government launched the “hemp for victory” campaign encouraging farmers to grow hemp in support of war efforts. Hundreds of thousands of US hemp acres were harvested for rope, fire hose, sails, parachutes and even uniforms. Then, in 1957 hemp was once again banned.
Decades passed, until 1990s when Manitoba Harvest co-founder Martin Moravcik started advocacy efforts. Martin and another co-founder Alex Chwaiewsky opened a store for hemp textile imports. At the same time, Martin aligned with university students/academics, farmers, and local government to begin organized advocacy for the legalization of hemp. The group, Manitoba Hemp Alliance, successfully secured a government grant to source hemp seed and plant hemp trials.
Around this time fellow co-founder and current CEO Mike Fata aligned with Martin & Alex. In 1998, after years of advocacy work, Industrial Hemp was legalized in Canada and an industry was born! 1998 also marked the founding of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods. Just as Manitoba Harvest was starting to export hemp food products to the United States, misconceptions arose - again.
In 2001, the United States’ Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) launched a campaign to make sales of all hemp products illegal in the US. Hemp companies/manufacturers, together with the Hemp Industries Association (HIA), held strong and took legal action against the DEA.
A three-year legal drama ensued until February 6, 2004 when the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals issued a permanent ruling blocking the DEA regulations and thwarting the unfounded prohibition policy. Victory – hemp, hemp hoorray! Work is still to be done so US farmers can legally grow Industrial Hemp. Hemp products are offered at numerous leading retailers and hemp foods are becoming a part of everyday diets. Yet, it is still illegal for hemp to be grown in the US.
Quality From Seed to Shelf
High grade; superiority; excellence.
The standard or degree of excellence.
A strict commitment (and execution) to produce a safe, consistent, and trusted product.
A distinctive characteristic.
No matter how you define it, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods is committed to quality. They are proud to be “control freaks.” Manitoba Harvest controls everything from what seed gets planted, to how products are manufactured & packaged, to distribution. Seed + manufacturing + packaging + distribution = quality seed to shelf!
Manitoba Harvest gets their non-GMO seed direct from the source - Canadian farmers. Last year, 65% of all seeded acres in Canada were seeded for them. Not every seed is created equal. They are the first, and only, hemp food manufacturer to have a comprehensive in-house quality control lab. Seed entering the Manitoba Harvest facility goes through a series of tests at various stages of production before being released to you.
Since products are made on-site at their hemp-dedicated facility, Manitoba Harvest controls how they are made. Manitoba Harvest has basically set the benchmark in quality. They were the first to implement basic things like “best before” and “packaged on” dates on their packages. Manitoba Harvest appreciates that hemp’s precious omegas are sensitive to light and air so they keep the raw seed in its protective shell until right before they need it. These are just a few examples. Their facility also has an external global “gold stamp” in food safety and quality - BRC (British Retail Consortium) Certification.
To be the global leader in hemp food products, promoting health and wellness, and fostering positive change for community and the environment
Manitoba Harvest's Roots Run Deep
- 1993 - Company co-founders created the Manitoba Hemp Alliance = organized advocacy.
- 1994 - Local Manitoban farmers interested in growing hemp.
- 1995 - Government permission & funding for experimental trials.
- 1996 - Trial data alleviated misconceptions = government support and interest from the trade.
- 1997 - The case builds why hemp should be legalized.
- 1998 - Hooray! Industrial Hemp is legalized in Canada and an industry is born!
Manitoba Harvest's focus was (and still is) simple - manufacture the highest quality hemp food products while educating people on hemp nutrition. They cannot talk about their company history without sharing the co-founder and CEO’s personal story. Mike Fata started Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods with his friends Martin and Alex because hemp foods helped change his life and he wanted to share them with the world. Here is his story...
"Growing up, I was an unhealthy and unhappy 300-pound teenager. Desperate for change, I turned to excessive exercise and extreme dieting. Ironically, after losing weight I still felt unhappy and depleted. Then, a friend introduced me to hemp foods. Through hemp foods I learned about essential nutrients - EFAs (essential fatty acids), fiber, and essential amino acids. My focus became quality, balanced nutrition. My focus on quality nutrition has only intensified. As a father of two young children, I want to instill healthy eating habits and an appreciation for quality foods at a young age. Basically starting the hemp food industry had its challenges, but they were all worth it. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods is proud to be the world’s largest hemp manufacturer to grow, make and sell our own line of hemp foods. We are proud to be the first hemp food manufacturer to receive the globally recognized benchmark in food safety and quality – BRC Certification. Most of all we are extremely proud – and grateful, to celebrate sixteen years of manufacturing the highest quality hemp foods, of educating on all the benefits of hemp, and of supporting sustainability. Thank you to all of our valued customers, partners, and fans for your support!
- Hemp and Happiness - " - Mike Fata, Co-Founder & CEO
Manitoba Harvest Questions & Answers
What are the differences between hemp and marijuana?
Hemp and marijuana are much like a sweet pepper and a hot pepper, or a Chihuahuas and a Great Dane. Hemp and marijuana are both part of the cannabis plant family but are very different. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods products contain 0.001% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and will NOT cause a psychoactive effect nor will their products cause a false positive drug test.
Are hemp foods safe for pregnant women?
Yes. Hemp contains numerous nutrients, including folic acid, so it is a safe and delicious addition to expectant mother's diet. Manitoba Harvest hemp oil gelcaps are considered a supplement. Under Canada's Natural Health Products’ rules and regulations, Manitoba Harvest were legislated to include a statement cautioning pregnant and breast-feeding women using gelcaps. The formula for their hemp oil gelcaps has not changed. There is no evidence that consuming hemp oil gelcaps is harmful to pregnant women or breast-feeding mothers.
Are hemp foods safe for small children?
Absolutely! Just remember to consider body weight when determining serving size - much like you would with any other food. As a general guideline, cut the recommended serving size shown on each package by 1/3 or ½ depending on the child’s age and size.
What about pets - are hemp foods safe for animals?
Manitoba Harvest is not an animal food manufacturer so they recommend contacting your trusted animal care professional for specific advice. However, Manitoba Harvest receives countless testimonials from customers about the observed benefits of adding hemp foods (hemp oil in particular) to their pets’ diet. Just like with humans, be conscious of your pet’s weight when determining how much hemp oil to add to your pet’s food. A good parameter for oil - 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight.
How does hemp compare to other food groups like Flax?
Generally speaking, hemp foods offer more protein and a broader spectrum of omegas than flax, chia, or peas.
Sometimes your hemp oil/Hemp Hearts/protein powders are slightly different shades. Why is this?
Hemp foods are a natural, non-GMO product. There will be slight variations in colour depending on what hemp seed variety was grown, the soil, the region, and growing season. Color difference between product lots has nothing to do with quality – Manitoba Harvest runs small batch testing and every single product goes through a minimum of 34 tests from farm gate to store shelf.
Do Manitoba Harvest products contain any known allergens?
Hemp seed – which is the primarily ingredient in all of Manitoba Harvest’s products, contains no known allergens.
Do I need to refrigerate Manitoba Harvest products?
Hemp oil must be refrigerated before and after opening to protect hemp’s precious omegas. To extend the freshness of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts, Hemp Heart Bites and hemp protein powders, it is recommended to store products in the fridge once opened. Hemp Bliss Organic Hemp Beverage can be stored in cupboard until used, but must be refrigerated after opening.
About Manitoba Harvest
Manitoba Harvest loves hemp foods so much they see no reason to love any other, and that’s why they only manufacture and sell hemp foods. When it comes to hemp foods, Manitoba Harvest wants to know as much as possible and be involved at every level - from seed to shelf. Luckily, they are! They are tremendously proud to be the world’s largest hemp food manufacturer to grow, make and sell their own line of hemp foods.
They are in the fields educating farmers and encouraging more hemp acres. They make virtually everything on-site at their world class manufacturing facility. Manitoba Harvest's manufacturing plant has achieved the highest level of global certification in food safety and quality (BRC Grade A+). They are proactively spreading the word about hemp foods to all those that will listen. Manitoba Harvest shares over two million sample packages per year to hemp fans young and old all across North America. Sharing the hemp love is just what they do best.