Wild Chia Seeds

Ch ch chia.  Have you used chia seeds before? Sometime we put them in water to drink or use them to thicken puddings, jellies, and smoothies.  

They are full of vitamins and minerals and offer a range of health benefits like fiber, protein, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and more 😮 You can find more about all their health benefits here: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds#TOC_TITLE_HDR_12

Even more exciting if your someone like me…. you can find them growing wild and naturally here in Southern California. It’s a beautiful blue wild flower in the sage family. You may think of a shrub or bush when you think of sages. However, this little annual is a single stalk wild flower and grows natively to be about 6-8″ high. It has a beautiful blue flower in the spring and dries out to this well known yellow/tan color. It is then that the seeds are ready to be harvested. For the best results harvest in later summer.

These were found in November so not many seeds remained in the dried and dead flower, but still fun to find and forage on the trail. 

 

Not sure what to do with it? Place some in water and watch them swell and create a barrier around themselves. Drink up!

You can also use some in smoothies, jelly, or try making chia seed pudding! Use them anywhere you would normally use seeds- like in oatmeal, on top of toast, and the like.