Hemp Our plant

History of hemp

“Native to Central Asia, useful hemp (not to be confused with its cousin Cannabis indica!) has been used for 8,000 years for its fibres and seeds. The Romans were fond of them and ate them coated with honey like little sweets. Today, hemp seeds are consumed in the form of flour, oil, beer…

Hemp has been cultivated in Brittany for several centuries to weave cloth from its fibres. In Noyal-sur-Vilaine, the cradle of Sojade products, sails were made for ships, which became the reference for ports all over Europe in the 17th century. History even tells us that it was these “Noyales” that equipped the ships with which Christopher Columbus landed in America.

Nutritional benefits

“Inside its small black seeds lies a nutritional treasure: Omega 3.

These are fatty acids that are called “essential” because our body does not know how to produce them and we must therefore find them in our food.

The ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 in hemp is 5:1, which is close to the proportions recommended for human health (4:1), whereas it is often 20:1 in our diet.

Consuming products made from hemp seeds therefore helps to rebalance our intake of essential fatty acids.

Omega 3

“These essential fatty acids are involved in many very important physiological processes: they are involved at all ages in the constitution and integrity of cell membranes, in the functioning of the cardiovascular system, the brain and the hormonal system…

Although our diet provides sufficient Omega 6 (found in sunflower, corn and grape seed oils, etc.), it is poorer in Omega 3 and even insufficient for most of us.

Hence the importance of consuming foods containing them, such as oily fish, which should be on the menu twice a week (salmon, sardines, mackerel, tuna, halibut, herring).

Certain vegetable oils should be consumed daily, in particular rapeseed, walnut, flax, soya, hemp or wheat germ oil, preferably as a seasoning or in gentle cooking, as these fatty acids are sensitive to heat; or products such as walnuts, Sojade Délices de chanvre desserts, flax or chia seeds, etc.”

Our expertise in hemp

Sown in May, harvested at the end of September with very rapid growth: a hemp plant reaches 2.5 to 3.5m in height.

A particularly hardy plant requiring little treatment and therefore suitable for organic farming.

Its biomass allows a significant storage of carbon.

Its cultivation is a reservoir of biodiversity similar to that of the forest environment: it protects ecologically fragile insect species.

The benefits to our planet

Hemp is biodiversity friendly. Hemp fields up to 4 metres high serve as a reservoir for many species of insects. As a bonus, it captures CO2. One hectare of hemp under cultivation captures as much CO2 as one hectare of forest (15 tons). Hemp cultivation is virtually maintenance-free. It is a hardy plant that is particularly resistant and therefore suitable for organic farming. A hardy plant that is particularly resistant and therefore suitable for organic cultivation. An ecological plant par excellence.

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