All About Chia Seeds
Chia seeds come from a flowering plant indigenous to southern Mexico and Guatemala. The chia plant belongs to the mint family and is grown commercially for its seeds. The plant has been cultivated as early as the 16 century when the Aztecs harvested the seeds valuing them the same way American Indians valued maize. In recent years the chia seed has gained momentum in popularity because of its amazing nutritional density. These unassuming seeds boast 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams protein, 9 grams of fat as well as calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc and potassium all in a single serving! They are also a great source of omega-3s in its naturally state so you don’t have to go to the trouble of grinding them (like flax seed).
You don’t need to wait for a specific season; chia seeds are available year round at your local grocery store. Find them near the spices!
How to pick it
As of now chia seeds are typically grown organically and are non-GMO. Most brands will deliver a quality chia seed.
How to store it
Because chia seeds are high in antioxidants they don’t spoil quickly. Chia seeds can stay good stored at room temperature for one to two years, while refrigerated chia seeds can last four years or more!
How to prepare it
Chia seeds are delicious in smoothies, sprinkled over salads, yogurt or cereals, in breading, jam, pudding or baked into breads. With their mild flavor they can be added to a wide range of dishes.
Chia seeds are naturally gluten free