BurgerFuel launches a Hemp Burger in NZ

Publish Date
Monday, 2 September 2019, 3:49PM
Photo / Supplied to NZ Herald

Photo / Supplied to NZ Herald

Burgerfuel has just created NZ's first Hemp Burger, and it looks exactly like what it sounds like!

Called Electric Pūhā, the 100 per cent vegan hemp burger will be sold nationwide for one month from today, or while stocks last.

The burger contains hemp and broccoli bites, pūhā and cabbage kraut, avocado, hemp-seed-oil aoili and an organic hemp sourdough bun.

We know what you're thinking - the hemp burger wouldn't be able to get you high - it's harvested from a non-psychoactive variant of the cannabis plant.

Amended regulations which allowed hemp seed to be sold as food in New Zealand were imposed from November 12 last year.

The Ministry of Primary Industries keeps a close eye on hemp production to ensure illegal, high-THC cannabis was not produced.

Meanwhile, growing, possession and trade of the hemp seed requires a licence from the Ministry of Health.

The Electric Pūhā burger provides a natural way to consume iron, protein, iodine, zinc and omegas, a BurgerFuel spokeswoman said.

"Hemp seed is a versatile and sustainable superfood with an extensive list of health benefits," she said.

"The pūhā and cabbage kraut adds to the distinctive taste and nutritional value of Electric Pūhā - a zesty probiotic blend of super greens, rich in vitamin A and K.

"The mix is made up of fermented cabbage, spinach, kale, seaweed and pūhā, an indigenous herb carefully selected for its properties, provenance and flavour profile."

The burger was created to be enjoyed by all, from vegans to health-conscious consumers and all those in between, the spokeswoman said.

The hemp and broccoli bites which feature inside the burger will also be available for purchase from BurgerFuel.

- Additional reporting from nzherald.co.nz