- Source of protein
- High in fibre
- Low in salt
- High in polyunsaturated fats
Vitamins & Minerals
- High in Thiamine and Niacin
- High in Manganese Phosphorus, Calcium and Zinc
- South America
- April and May
Chia seeds come from the Salvia hispanica, and Salvia columbariae (golden chia) varieties.
There is no nutritional difference between the different colours or varieties.
The gelatinous, gel-like consistency of soaked dried chia makes a useful vegan substitute for egg white.
They also add texture, as well as nutritional benefits, to smoothies.
Sprouted seeds make a great microgarnish for salads (sprouting takes about 5 days; sprinkle a layer in a saucer, mist twice a day with water, and leave covered in clingflim in a sunny
spot – the seeds will soon germinate)..