Monday, April 14, 2014

Cha Cha Cha Chia!

I did a little experiment with Chia seeds.  I bought a bag of Chia at the health food store because it was highly recommended for green smoothies.  But I don't like it.  Nope.  Nope I don't.  But I do LOVE the plants!  I was tickled when they came up and flowered. Very pretty little purple flowered stalks.

Sadly, most of them have gone past the flower stage.  Here's a pic of a chia plant going to seed soon.  The red in the background is a zinnia. 

Here's a bit of interesting info I found on the interwebs about chia: 

'CHIA' was consumed in large quantities by the California Indians, being highly nutritious. They were roasted, ground, and added to water, forming a gel. "One tablespoon full of these seeds was sufficient to sustain for 24 hours an Indian on forced march."—Parsons. The whole seeds are also placed in water or juice, swelling up into a clear gel making them resemble frog's eggs, the whole being drunk and is quite refreshing. This is also an old California-Méxican folk remedy for diarrhea.

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