Many times we have been asked, what's so special about chia seeds? Where do they come from? What does a chia plant look like?
For you we started digging in the history of this plant and gathered all information we could find to show you how special und healthy chia is for the human body. Come with us and let’s go back to the Mayans and Aztecs to understand its natural powers.
But let's profile the little Chia corn first: The chia plant comes from the labiate family and is one of the species of sage. With its natural height of up to a meter and 4-8 cm long leaves, the herbaceous chia originally covered the fields of Mexico.
The chia plant presents itself in tufts from September on. The chia is already sown in late spring, in autumn the seeds are harvested. Today, chia is grown not only in central Mexico, but also in Guatemala, Australia and some South American countries.
The little chia seeds are predominantly black. Natural variations let about 15 % of the seeds vary between the color schemes gray, white and brown. The seedis virtually tasteless and can be used as required.
Another advantage: Chia is incredibly unpopular with insects so no pesticides must be used for cultivation.
Organic Chia seeds bought! And now?
Quite simply: the seed is not only rich in nutrients, but also offers a wide variety of raw food preparation possibilities.
Chia seeds can be eaten raw and individually. Therefore lifefood also sells organic chia seeds in raw food quality! How about a Chia cereal for breakfast? Or mix it in smoothies, juices, soups, stir it with salads, in cakes or bread dough. Chia can for example be used in sauces as a thickening agent.
Also interesting is the so-called chiagel. Therefore take one third cup of chia seeds in a vessel filled with 2 cups of water, the seed will absorb the water and form a gel-like layer on the outside. After two to three hours the chia seeds will have absorbed ten times their dry weight of water. Especially athletes swear on chiagel because it provides the body with plenty of water and energy over a long period of time.
A popular Mexican drink is the so-called Chia fresca. Just take two teaspoons of Lifefood organic chia seeds, 300ml water and a little bit of lemon juice and you will get a refreshing drink. You can also sweeten the Chia fresca with agave syrup as desired.
With all the possibilities, it is hard to believe that Chia is mainly used as feed additive for horses, dogs, birds, and especially chickens. Typical! We use the best for our animals, but not for us.
And what was going on with the Mayans and Aztecs now?
Mayans and Aztecs also appreciate the great power of that small chia seed and included chia seeds to their staple foods. Two tablespoons of soaked seeds were used as a survival ration of Aztec warriors for a day. Chia was considered a symbol of life, which - through the consumption - was supposed to pass mystical and supernatural powers to the people.
The Mayans and Diegueño Indians tended to strengthen their runners with the small powerful seeds for long marches. Strength exactly is the right word, because "Chia" actually means 'strength' in the language of the Mayans.
In this sense, cheers! Let's toast with a fresh organic Chia fresca in raw food quality on the miracle seed of the Aztecs and Mayans and enjoy the delicious lifefood Chia- hemp bread!
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