Sunday, October 17, 2010

Latest food interest - chia

Do you know about chia?  It's certainly great fun in the kitchen!

Chia is salvia hispanica or salvia columbariae.  This is what wikipedia says:

Salvia hispanica, commonly known as Chia, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae, that is native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala.[1] It was cultivated by the Aztec in pre-Columbian times, and was so valued that it was given as an annual tribute by the people to the rulers. It is still used in Mexico and Guatemala, with the seeds sometimes ground, while whole seed is used for nutritious drinks and as a food source.

Chia plants look similar to our everyday salvia plants. 

The tiny tiny seeds do incredible things when dropped into water/fruit juice - they turn into the most amazing gel-like gloop.

The seeds and the gloop can be added to just about anything - including bread dough.

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