'Hemp' Diner Piques Appetites
Jun. 04, 1998
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) _ Rick Paul says the only thrill you'll get from his hemp muffins and burgers is from the taste.
The eye-catching dishes have proven extremely popular at Paul's 18-seat White Light Diner. But please, he asks, don't come in hoping for a buzz.
``Anybody who starts giggling after eating these muffins probably smoked a (marijuana) joint before coming to work,'' Paul joked.
Paul started selling his unusual combination of food Tuesday.
The 59-cent muffins, available in three flavors, are made with hemp seeds, which come from a non-potent relative of the intoxicating marijuana plant.
The burgers came from cattle that ate hemp-fortified feed. Paul says they're less greasy than typical burgers because they were ground with less fat.
Some customers were a little wary.
``If they drug-test me, I won't show up positive, will I?'' one city firefighter inquired as he waited for his hemp burger.
Hemp-fed beef is rare since hemp production is illegal in the United States. It's legal to import specially certified seeds and hemp fiber for certain purposes, such as beer-making. The farmer who supplied the beef got his grain from a brewery that couldn't use the seeds because they were ground too fine.
``It tastes so burgery ... it's the best burger I ever had,'' customer Charlene Howard said.