A real “Scooby Snack”
Most of us are familiar with the iconic Chia Pet® The Pottery that grows, but until recently few people thought about eating the seeds or the resulting sprouts.
Chia seeds are a member of the Salvia genus of plants, its latin name is Salvia Hispanica, and Chia itself is derived from a native Nahuatl word meaning oily. Salvia is a large group plants that is a subset of the mint family and is most well know for its largest species group, sage.
Almost all plants within the Salvia genus have parts that can be eaten. The name itself is Latin for “to feel well and healthy”, implying the health benefits obtained from the use of these plants.
Chia seeds are small, usually 1mm to 2mm in size, and are brownish, whitish, blackish in color (under a magnifying glass they are speckled). When exposed to liquids containing sufficient amounts of water they excrete a mucosal membrane around the seed to hold the water. Liquids containing high levels of acid or alcohol reduce the rate of adsorption as they keep the water away from the surface of the seed. In the wild the seeds ability to hold onto liquid allows the plant to start growing in areas where rain fall is minimal. The mucosal membrane is also sticky allowing the seed to hang onto whatever surface it happens to be on. This is why Chia Pets® work, as a moistened seed will happily glue itself on to the clay surface of the pottery.
So what are Chia seeds really good for?
Chia seeds are an amazing source of Essential Fatty Acids, protein, and fiber. They are also high in calcium, phosphorus and manganese. For exact numbers and a complete scientific […]