Hemp has been around for centuries and has played an instrumental role in shaping our 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.

Food, clothing, rope, paper, building materials, animal bedding/herd, plastic, paint, fuel - the list of hemp applications goes go on and on. Hemp that is grown in Western Canada is primarily used for hemp foods. At the top part of the hemp plant you will find the hard hemp seed. This small seed “seeds” nutritiously delicious products like Hemp Hearts, hemp protein powder, and hemp oil.

Hemp is a nutritious and delicious whole food. A 30 gram serving of Hemp Hearts contain:

  • 10 grams of omegas
  • 10 grams of protein
  • 181 mg (or 70% of the RDI) of magnesium

From 1937 to 1998, hemp was illegal to grow in Canada. In early 1990’s Manitoba Harvest’s co-founders created an advocacy group, bringing together farmers, local government, and industry. Using a government grant, a research trial was conducted in 1995 that helped alleviate and dispel misconceptions around the crop. Then in 1998, success - Industrial Hemp was legalized and Manitoba Harvest was founded! 

Manitoba Harvest is proudly the world’s largest hemp food manufacturer to grow, make, and sell our line of hemp food products. This vertically integrated business model may have started as a necessity to build an industry, but is now an advantage. Manitoba Harvest controls all aspects of the production process from seed to shelf.

Why Hemp Foods?

Simply put – hemp foods taste great, are easy to use, and nutritious too!

It all starts with Hemp Hearts. Hemp Hearts taste a bit like a sunflower seed or pine nut.  Sprinkle over yogurt, cereal, salad, or pretty much anything. Add to smoothies or recipes.

Hemp Hearts is the primary ingredient in new products like Hemp Heart Bites. Hemp Heart Bites are crunchy, sweet & salty bite-sized snacks. Per 45g serving (about 8 pieces), Hemp Heart Bites offer 10g protein and 10g omegas. 

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Apple Pie Smoothie


3 tbsp oats

3 tbsp Hemp Hearts

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 tbsp almond butter

1 apple, diced

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

1 cup ice cubes


Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth and creamy.

Flourless Chocolate Muffins


1 cup creamy all natural peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 4 tbsp. Chocolate Hemp Protein Smoothie
  • 3 tbsp. chocolate chips (use dairy-free ones if making vegan)


  • Yield: 10-12 MuffinsPreheat oven to 350°F. Add all of the ingredients (except the chocolate chips) to a food processor and blend until the mixture is smooth.
  • Spoon the batter into muffin tins filled with paper liners. You may need to wet the spoon a few times to keep the batter from sticking to it.
  • Top the muffins with chocolate chips and bake for 20 minutes or until the tops have set and they are starting to brown.
  • Remove from the oven, let cool and enjoy!

Hemp foods have a slightly nutty taste that compliments pretty much any dish. Breakfast, lunch, mid-day pick me ups, dinner, dessert – there are more yummy recipes for every occasion at

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