Bertalli’s Bakery in Bridge street is selling a new range of healthy loaves made using hemp seeds following a change in the law.
Bakery owner Andrew Bertalli said he had been waiting for nearly two decades to be able to produce hemp bread.
‘‘About 18 years ago I was on holiday, we went up to Nimbin and there’s a hemp shop there that sells clothes, oils, and books,’’ Mr Bertalli said.
‘‘I was talking to the guys there about hemp and about how good it is with omega three’s and six’s.
‘‘(At the time) Australians weren’t allowed to digest it, you could rub it on your skin, but you couldn’t eat it.
‘‘Since then I’ve been researching how good it is and lobbying politicians to legalise it, and 18 year’s later it’s finally becoming legal.’’
Mr Bertalli said health breads were one of the bakery’s best sellers and he was looking forward to offering the hemp product, which was high in protein and low in cholesterol.
‘‘People will be very surprised by the flavour and the taste of it let alone the nutritional value,’’ Mr Bertalli said.
‘‘It’s vegan friendly and a great source of protein for vegans.
‘‘It’s good for people who are looking for omegas, so it’s good for brain development, good for the heart, it’s good for athletes, diet-wise its good for a whole range of things.’’
Benalla’s Bob Marley fans will be disappointed to hear that the hemp bread has no psychoactive properties.
‘‘You’ve got two sources, Cannabis, which is one that is smoked and people get stoned, or they use it for medicinal purposes,’’ Mr Bertalli said.
‘‘Then you have industrial hemp with is very low in THC where you get no ill effect.
‘‘You couldn’t eat enough to get any effect.’’