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Salvia hispanica is the name of the desert plant that produces the edible Chia seed. Chia grows abundantly all over the South American regions of Ecuador, Southern Mexico and Peru and is a member of the mint family. The Aztecs boast the first record of Chia as early as 3500 B.C. It was one of the main foods in the Aztec diet. Chia seeds were very popular within the Aztec and Mayan cultures due to their belief in its super natural powers.
Chia seeds have a wide range of culinary uses.
• They can be eaten as a snack either raw or lightly roasted.
• Whole or ground Chia seeds can be added to cereal, porridge and salads.
• Ground Chia seeds are commonly mixed with flour whilst baking.
• They can be turned into a gel and used as a egg substitute. Visit website for details.