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Chia seeds are tiny black or white seeds that come from the Salvia hispanica plant, which is a member of the mint family. They have been used for thousands of years by the Aztecs and Mayans as a source of energy and nutrition.

Chia seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, antioxidants, and various micronutrients, including calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. They are also low in calories and carbohydrates, making them a popular choice for people who are trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy diet.

One of the unique properties of chia seeds is their ability to absorb water and form a gel-like substance. This makes them a popular ingredient in recipes for puddings, smoothies, and baked goods. The gel also helps to slow down the digestion of carbohydrates, which can help to regulate blood sugar levels and provide sustained energy throughout the day.

Chia seeds can be added to a wide variety of foods and beverages, including yogurt, oatmeal, salads, and water. They can also be used as a vegan alternative to eggs in recipes by mixing them with water to create a gel-like texture.

Overall, chia seeds are a nutritious and versatile superfood that can be easily incorporated into a healthy and balanced diet.

Flower Specifications

  • Season: Perennial
  • USDA Zones: 9 - 11
  • Height: 24 - 36 inches
  • Bloom Season: Late summer to early fall
  • Bloom Color: Blue
  • Environment: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Sandy or loamy, well-drained soils
  • Often House Plant: Yes
  • Latin Name: Salvia Hispanica

Planting Directions

  • Temperature: 70 - 77F
  • Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days
  • Light Required: Yes
  • Depth: 1/8 to 1/4 inch
  • Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant
  • Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
  • Plant Spacing: 18 - 24 inches

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