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(Mexican chia; Chia sage; Spanish sage)
The Aztecs called chia the "running food" because messengers could run all day on just a handful of seeds. Today it is called a "supergrain" because the seeds are an astonishing source of nutrients. An ounce of seed has as much omega-3 as 8 ounces of Atlantic salmon, as much calcium as a cup of milk, as much fibre as 1/3 cup of bran, as much iron as 1/3 cup of spinach leaves, as much vitamin C as 2 oranges, and as much potassium as half a banana. Seeds can be added to cereals and baked goods or just chewed raw like the Aztecs did. And remember "chia pets"? When moistened the seeds stick to surfaces and germinate, creating a fun "hairy" look on any shaped object. Easy to grow. Ht. 1m (3ft).
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