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pestoHugh and I go to Wychwood Farmers Market every Saturday, where we get all sorts of veggies, fruits, and different interesting food items. One stand there in particular makes incredible vegan sandwiches, using local organic ingredients. They have this delicious homemade sun-dried tomato and hemp pesto that we just can’t get enough of. So Hugh decided to try to replicate this pesto, and I think he did a bang on job!

Hemp seeds are one of the most nutritious and easily digestible foods on the planet. They are a complete source of protein, and are very high in essential fatty acids. Some benefits of the essential fatty acids found in hemp seeds include: optimum brain function, improving mood, fighting depression, reducing behavioral problems in children, and reversing the irritability of PMS. They help the body’s immune system fight off bacteria, fungi, and viruses. These good fats lower cholesterol and protect the heart. Eating hemp seeds over time heals and moisturizes skin, and reduces inflammation. Hemp seeds are a good source of calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, and zinc. A rich source of B vitamins, they also contain vitamins A, D, and K. High in both soluble and insoluble fiber that bulk stools and improve digestion, hemp seeds are used to treat constipation and hemorrhoids in Asia.

Other benefits of eating hemp seeds include: increased energy levels & metabolic rate, improved organ function, and improved circulation. Hemp seeds can be purchased at most health food stores, usually as Hemp Hearts (shelled hemp seeds).


You’ll need:

  • ½ cup sundried tomatoes (the ones packed in oil)
  • ½ cup hemp hearts
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (depending on how garlicky you like it to be!)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons or more extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and ground pepper to taste

Optional: can add olives, basil leaves or roasted red peppers


In a blender or using a hand held blender, puree all ingredients until smooth. Keep adding more oil if too dry. Tastes great on sandwiches, or used as a pasta sauce (wonderful on brown rice pasta with a medley of vegetables!). Best if stored in a glass container in the refrigerator.


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