Castleton Farm, based mostly on the outskirts of Laurencekirk, is often related to mushy fruit manufacturing nevertheless its homeowners – Ross and Anna Mitchell – have diversified into hemp seed oil.
The hemp crop was grown on the farm, which is house to a farm store and cafe, and the oil was produced by urgent the uncooked hemp seeds in a heat-free course of to protect all of the uncooked vitamins.
A well known Aberdeenshire farm has launched a brand new vary of home-grown hemp seed oil.
“We’re delighted to have the ability to reveal our newest Castleton Farm product, a hemp seed oil, which is pure and stuffed with goodness,” mentioned Anna Mitchell.
She mentioned the oil, which was formally launched at this yr’s Royal Highland Present, tastes much like walnuts or sunflower seeds and has a darker, extra intense, color that different oils equivalent to vegetable oil.
Mrs Mitchell mentioned the oil contained 40% much less saturated fats than olive oil and its ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids was 3:1 – the best ratio for well being advantages to people.
“It’s an incredible various for vegans to dietary supplements manufactured from fish,” added Mrs Mitchell.
“It’s even been proven to enhance pores and skin circumstances, equivalent to psoriasis and eczema.”
Ross Mitchell mentioned the farm was a member of the Scottish Hemp Growers Affiliation, which has began industrial manufacturing of hemp oil as a part of a profitable partnership with the College of Aberdeen’s Rowett Institute.
He mentioned rising hemp not solely created the uncooked ingredient for a brand new product for the farm enterprise to promote, but additionally helped its environmental credentials.
Mr Mitchell added: “Rising hemp improves soil natural matter and construction, in addition to absorbing extra CO2 than it takes to domesticate.
“It’s mentioned that hemp sequesters 9 to fifteen tonnes of CO2 per hectare, which is nearly twice as a lot as a forest of the identical dimension.”
He mentioned there was a typical false impression that hemp was the identical because the hashish, or marijuana, plant, nevertheless though they belong to the identical plant household, hemp seed oil doesn’t comprise CBD.
Castleton Farm’s further virgin cold-pressed culinary hemp oil prices £7 per bottle.