Organic Chia Seeds ( Black and Red )
Chia seeds are the edible seeds of Salvia hispanica, a flowering plant in the mint family (Lamiaceae) native to Central America, or of the related Salvia columbariae of the southwestern United States and Mexico. Chia seeds are oval and gray with black and white spots, having a diameter around 1 millimetre (0.04in). The seedsare hydrophilic, absorbing up to 12 times their weight in liquid when soaked and developing amucilaginous coating that gives chia-based foods and beverages a distinctive gel texture.There is evidence that the crop was widely cultivated by the Aztecsinpre-Columbian times and was a staple food for Mesoamericancultures. Chia seeds are cultivated on a small scale in their ancestral homeland of central Mexico and Guatemala and commercially throughout Central and South America, Genotype has a larger effect on yield than on protein content, oil content, fatty acid composition, or phenolic compounds, whereas high temperature reduces oil content and degree of unsaturation, and raises protein content
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