Chia

Sep 1, 2009

photo credit: Wikimedia Commons\Daniel Schwen

I’ve heard of the Chia Pet, of course — a clay animal with grooves, and you cover it with seeds and it grows grassy “fur”.  (Also there’s a Jerry Garcia version where he grows a beard, fun!)  I didn’t realize  until last year that “chia” is actually the name of the seed/ grass, rather than some sort of copyright name for the clay sculpture!

Chia seeds, like flax seeds, are incredibly high in omega-3 fatty acids.  They look like tiny poppy seeds.  I’ve put them in smoothies, though they’re so small that I question whether they actually get chewed and digested — or just swallowed and eliminated.