House Grown: Neighborhood experiences minty and floral flavors from hemp inexperienced

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April Hettinger from CBS 13 tries Yuma’s newest leaf fruit

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) – Hemp leafy vegetables have been put to the test to see if their flavors are worthy enough to be made in packaged mixes in the grocery stores.

81 people interviewed nine samples on the last two Fridays.

The staff was able to narrow down the 17 varieties of cannabis to five that tasted the best.

The community tried the five hemp greens along with three commonly available greens such as Romaine, kale, and baby leaf spinach for comparison.

The ninth sample was a pesto made from hemp greens by local chefs.

Grower Robert Masson, Agricultural Expansion Agent with the University of Arizona Yuma County Expansion, explains the general consensus on this unique salad.

“In general, hemp was very popular. Some people didn’t like it, but most people did,” said Masson. “They reported mint aromas, fruity aromas and just a little bit of flowers.”

Participants rated the hemp’s crispness as similar to kale.

It also has more peach lint than other greens.

In terms of general sympathy, the community rated Romaine and spinach on a scale of one to five with 4.1 higher than hemp.

Hemp was rated 3.3.

The best tasting hemp greens could make it into grocery stores as a packaged mix for health benefits.

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