Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds

About Chia Seeds

Salvia hispanica, commonly known as chia, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae, native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. The 16th century Codex Mendoza provides evidence that it was cultivated by the Aztec in pre-Columbian times; economic historians have suggested that it was as important as maize as a food crop. It is still used in Mexico and Guatemala, with the seeds sometimes ground, while whole seeds are used for nutritious drinks and as a food source. The word chia is derived from the Nahuatl word chian, meaning oily. The present Mexican state of Chiapas received its name from the Nahuatl "chia water" or "chia river." It is one of the two plants known as chia, the other being Salvia columbariae which is more commonly known as the golden chia. Chia is an annual herb growing to 1_m (3.3_ft) tall, with opposite leaves 4_8 cm (1.6_3.1 in) long and 3_5 cm (1.2_2.0 in) broad.

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