Do you remember Chia Pets? Those terracotta sculptures that could sprout grass as hair or fur, and were incredibly popular in the ’80s. As a child, it seems everyone had one.
Well, it seems that our infatuation with chia seeds is far from being over. That’s right, those chia seeds that you see everywhere, on everything, and in every edible thing are the same as the seeds that were on your beloved chia pets as a child. The world does turn around, eh?
Next time you see a Chia Pet, remember, those seeds are more nutritious than you think!
It is understandable why the fascination with chia seeds still lingers around, as they are super nutritious and have rightly gained their status as a super food.
Chia seed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, including alinolenic acid. It may be used in smoothies, breakfast cereals, energy bars, yoghurt, etc.
And where does this fondness chia seeds comes from? Chia is a species of flowering plant in the mint family Lamiaceae—Salvia hispanica—that was cultivated by the Aztecs in pre-Colombian times, and is native to southern Mexico and Guatemala.
Look at this infographic for more details and a yummy recipe.