Hempzelized - Afghanistan
July 4, 2022 Hemp - Bodana
Fortify Bread with Hemp Flour
Helping increase nutritional in bread
Hemp (Bodana) in their traditional bread similar to Naan. This experiment will expand as it becomes a staple in the Afghanistan society.
Kabul was the testing spot & the response has been positive. More to be posted.
- Hemp Flour Added in 8/2022
Initially I thought I was being scammed. With 1-800-USE-HEMP in the USA I get a few calls that aren't ordinary business. Speaking with one of the partners their goal was clear. Increase the protein in the Afghanistan populations bread supply.
War torn for years many of the people are not able to make a living and are not getting the nutritional diet that many are accustomed to in the land of the home and the free (USA). The goal from this non profit was to import hemp flour, test it to make sure it worked in the environment, with the bakers and taste acceptable to the folks who love their bread - a type of Naan bread prevalent in many regions, a type of flat bread.
They needed it in Kabul Afghanistan by July 11th and the Canadians due to regulatory issues couldn't get it to them quick enough. After learning of their mission they drove up from Washington DC & we pulled hemp flour & hi protein hemp flour for them to test. As daily testing is done we are getting positive feed back, taste, nutritional profile & acceptance by the populace. We hope this is the start of a great relationship & the goal is to spread hemp flour and stop spreading bombs.
Hemp Not Bombs
Two test were done with different variations of the hemp flour & hemp protein that we provided milled in Pennsylvania & grown in the USA. Goal bake high up in Kabul Afghanistan. Find out how the finished product came out, HelpHempAid.org instigated this and Hempzel™ was happy to help.
Bodana = Hemp Flour
Mixing by hand enriched wheat flour with the USA hemp flour a few mixes were made for consistency. They figured it out and the results were very good.
Let it Rise! Tweeked it.
They are high above Sea Level in Kabul so they adjusted yeast, baking soda and time to rise & time to bake...
It worked it looked good & tasted good, see results below.
First Test Results
Comparison of the first test batch with less hemp flour than what they settled upon for testing. After the second batch it was sent to Europe for nutritional testing. This is the result of HelpHempAid.org and committed Afghani's trying to re-introduce this ancient crop for fiber, seed, oil, industry vs just growing opium. This war torn area needs hemp not bombs..
Bodana Bread after 4hr
Hemp Flour / Bodana in Afghan, further test seeing that the bread did not get as hard, Sent to Europe for nutritional testing, the people who received it enjoyed the flavor of the new type of "Naan-Bodana" - we knew there should be good results as we bake fresh baked Hemp soft pretzels and export from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.