|Chia Seeds Raw and Organic
Chia, Salvia Hispanica, is a digestible superfood seed containing protein, fiber, calcium and very high amounts of Omega (3) essential fatty acids. Chia seeds are typically small ovals with a diameter of about 1 mm (0.039 in). They are mottle-colored with brown, gray, black and white. Chia seed is traditionally consumed in Mexico, and the southwestern United States, but is not widely known in Europe. Chia seeds were grown as a crop by the Nahua (Aztec) cultures of Central Mexico.
Today, chia is grown commercially in its native Mexico, and in Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador, Australia and Guatemala. In 2008, Australia was the world's largest producer of chia. A similar species, golden chia, is used in the same way but is not grown commercially for food. Salvia hispanica seed is marketed most often under its common name "Chia," but also under several trademarks. For fun chia seeds are sprouted on the Chia Pet.