Chia seeds come from Mexico and have been used by the Aztecs since ancient times. Chia seeds are one of the richest vegetable sources of Omega 3! Athletes all over the world use Chia seeds daily!
Chia (Salvia Hispanica) is a ﬂowering plant from the mint family and is native to Mexico. The acclaimed "Tarahumara" tribe from northern Mexico, who are considered by many to be the world's best long distance runners, use Chia seeds as staple food in their diet.
Traditionally, it is believed that Chia has been cultivated since ancient times and it is probable that the Aztecs used it as part of their diet. The name "Chia" comes from a word that originally means "oily". Soak Chia seeds in water and very quickly a gelatinous, clear-film, forms around these small seeds.
The plant is considered easy to cultivate and can grow up to be one meter tall. This Chia seeds come from the plant's country of origin, Mexico. Chia seeds are rich in Omega-3, ALA (alpha-lineolic-acid), Fiber and Protein. Traditionally, Chia seeds are consumed whole in the form of a drink called "Chia fresca".
They are also used in baking, breads and pastries. The seeds can also be ground down and used to supplement other types of ﬂour. Chia seeds contain a lot of valuable Minerals such as Phosphorus, Calcium and Potassium. The plant has almost no history in Europe before being introduced to Europe in 2009 as a "Novel Food" and it is recommended to be used in the baking of bread up to 5% of the total.