Check out our easy vegetarian recipe for hemp oil pesto, a great twist on the classic Italian sauce. Hemp oil’s balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids makes it particularly nutritious. It has a deep-green colour, similar to a high-quality extra-virgin olive oil, and the flavour is sweet and earthy with a pronounced nuttiness. It has a low smoke point however, so is best used raw, to finish dishes. Because of its wonderful flavour, hemp oil also makes a great pesto, marrying well with basil.
A jar of this pesto will last for a couple of weeks in the fridge – use it to dress pasta, salads or as an accompaniment to fish, meats or chargrilled vegetables. Hemp seeds are available in health-food shops and online.