HEMP SEED PESTO
This is a great way to transform hulled hemp seeds into a creamy pesto which can be added to various everyday dishes making them more appetising and nutritious. The main difference between this pesto and the traditional one is that pine nuts are replaced with hemp seeds (also increasing the amount of protein).
Basil, fresh – 2 large bunches
Hulled hemp seeds – ¼ cup
Parmesan-type cheese, grated – ¼ cup
Olive oil – 2–3 tbsp
Garlic – 1 clove
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
Salt – ¼–½ tsp
Put all the ingredients in a container and blend until you get a uniform, creamy mixture. A little bit of water can be added, if a thinner consistency is desired. Add more olive oil, if a more oily consistency is desired. Olive oil can be partly substituted with hemp oil.
In the summer, when fresh basil is more available, you can prepare a larger amount of pesto and put in the freezer in small portions. This provides a possibility to enjoy summer taste in the middle of winter!