CHIA GRAIN BLACK SALVIA HISPANICA SUPER FOOD SEEDS $1.25 $0.75

ATTRACTIVE AND MUCH SMALLER THAN THE CLOSE UP PICTURE – BLACK CHIA SEEDS ARE A SUPERFOOD THAT HAS SEEN A METEORIC INCREASE IN THEIR USE ACROSS THE WORLD!

Black chia seeds come from the plant Salvia hispanica, which is a flowering plant in the mint family (Lamiaceae). Chia seeds are known for their nutritional benefits and versatility in various culinary applications. Here’s an overview of black Chia seeds, their benefits, uses, and how to grow them from seed:

Benefits of Black Chia Seeds:

  1. Nutrient-Rich: Chia seeds are a good source of essential nutrients, including fibre, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and various vitamins and minerals.
  2. Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Chia seeds are one of the plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for heart health.
  3. High in Fiber: The high fibre content in chia seeds can help support digestive health and promote a feeling of fullness.
  4. Versatile: Chia seeds have a mild, nutty flavor and can be easily incorporated into a variety of dishes, such as smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, salads, and baked goods.
  5. Hydration: Chia seeds can absorb water and form a gel-like consistency, which can help with hydration and may be beneficial for athletes.

Culinary Uses: Black chia seeds are often used in the following ways:

  1. Smoothies: Add chia seeds to smoothies for a nutritional boost and to create a thicker consistency.
  2. Puddings: Chia seeds can be mixed with liquids like milk or plant-based alternatives to create a pudding-like texture when left to soak.
  3. Baking: Incorporate chia seeds into baking recipes such as muffins, bread, and granola bars.
  4. Yogurt and Oatmeal Toppings: Sprinkle chia seeds on top of yogurt or oatmeal for added texture and nutrition.

Growing Black Chia Seeds from Seed:

Plant in late Spring to late Summer or when the temperatures for the next three months will be 20-30 degrees during the day.

  1. Soil Preparation: Chia plants prefer well-draining soil. Prepare the soil by mixing in organic matter to improve fertility.
  2. Planting: Sow chia seeds directly into the garden or in containers. Plant the seeds at a depth of about 5-10mm. This out seedlings as they grow keeping the strongest.
  3. Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Chia plants are drought-tolerant, but regular watering helps with germination and growth.
  4. Sunlight: Chia plants thrive in full sun. Ensure they receive at least 6-8 hours of sunlight per day.
  5. Temperature: Chia plants prefer warm temperatures so plant them in late spring to late summer.
  6. Harvesting: Chia plants typically start flowering about 8-12 weeks after planting. Harvest the seeds when the flower heads dry up and the seeds are mature. Cutting too early can reduce the nutrient value of the seeds. Cut the flower heads and allow them to dry further before collecting the seeds.
  7. Drying and Storing: Once harvested, allow the seeds to dry completely before storing them in a cool, dry place. Properly dried chia seeds can be stored for an extended period.

Growing chia seeds is relatively straightforward, and they can make a valuable addition to a home garden, providing both ornamental value and a nutrient-rich harvest.

Germination
2-7 days at 20-30°C

Maturity
70-90 days

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Seed Count: 250
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