We don’t often think about where our food comes from; the condiments sitting in our cupboards or lining the fridge door. Or indeed, how a leafy plant like hemp could produce any hemp oil at all. So, how is hemp oil made?
We have a long background in hemp seed oil production being the pioneers of hemp seed cultivation and hemp food production since licences to grow hemp were legalised in New Zealand. This gives us more than 20 proud years of experience growing our own hemp seeds on our own hemp farms across our own Canterbury region of New Zealand. And, we also have our own purpose-built processing plant for hemp oil extraction.
Where does the oil come from? This leafy plant has an abundance of seed pods which, despite the plant looking predominantly ‘leafy’, give the plant a knotted and balled appearance. Its within these pods that the delicious seeds are found that provide the very special oil full of Omega fatty acids. We collect these seeds and cold-press the hemp oil from them to produce our healthy range of hemp seed food products.
The extraction process of hemp seed oil involves several steps to get the oil out from these small seeds.
And this is how we do it:
PACKAGING & STORAGE
Once the oil has been extracted, filtered and clarified, it is ready for packaging. We store ours in dark, airtight bottles and containers to protect it from light and air which can cause the oil to spoil. We also further protect the oil by nitrogen flushing it during packaging. We then seal the bottles and containers to ensure purity remains and air is kept out.