Chia

Chia is the edible seed of a type of flowering mint. Varieties originated in Central America, Southwestern Mexico and the United States.

Chia is a complete Protein, containing all nine of the essential acids that cannot be made in the body, and therefore have to come from food.

Chia seeds can absorb up to 12 times their weight in liquid and develop a gel-like coating. As the taste of chia is not distinctive, it is usually added to a recipe for its nutritional, rather than flavour benefits.

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NUTRITIONAL INFO

Macronutrients

  • 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
COUNTRIES OF ORGIN
  • South America
HARVESTED
  • April and May
VARIETIES

Chia seeds come from the Salvia hispanica, and Salvia columbariae (golden chia) varieties.
There is no nutritional difference between the different colours or varieties.

FORMATS
  • Whole
OTHER POINTS TO NOTE

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)..