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Chia seeds

Chia seeds

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Chía is an annual herbaceous plant that finds its origin in central and southern Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. In the plant world, this species stands out along with flax due to its exceptional concentration of omega 3 alpha-linolenic fatty acid. Its cultivation focuses on obtaining its valuable seeds, which have nutritional uses.

This plant can reach heights of up to 1.5 meters and produces flowers that vary between purple and white tones, arranged in terminal clusters. Its flowering period occurs between July and August in the northern hemisphere . After the summer season, these flowers give way to fruits in the form of an indehiscent achene, whose seeds are rich in mucilage, starch and oil. These seeds, approximately 2 mm long by 1.5 mm wide, 1 mm high and oval and glossy in shape, vary in color from grayish-brown to reddish.

Chía prefers light to medium soils with good drainage and avoids excessively humid environments. Like many species of sage, it shows tolerance to acidity and drought, although it cannot withstand frost. In addition, it requires abundant sun exposure for proper development, not thriving in shadows.

Chia leaves have gained popularity as an infusion in recent times due to their high oleic content and benefits for the immune system. In addition, it has been observed that they offer protection against cardiovascular diseases.

Sowing Process:

Planting Chia can be carried out in pots or planters. Initially, it is advisable to sow the seeds in a pot with drainage holes to avoid the accumulation of water in the soil and possible rot of the roots. As the plant grows and can reach up to one and a half meters in height, it will need to be transplanted to a larger space.

A critical aspect to consider is temperature, since Chia tolerates heat but is vulnerable to frost. If you live in a region with cold winters, it is advisable to grow it in a greenhouse or have the ability to shelter it indoors during times of low temperatures.

The seeds are distributed in the pot and mixed with sand using a rake. It is not necessary to plant them very deep; 1-2 centimeters are usually enough. After about a week, the sprouts will begin to emerge. During this initial phase, it is not necessary to water the seeds or expose them to direct sunlight. However, once the seeds germinate, they should be moved to a location that receives sunlight for at least three-quarters of the day.

As for watering, it is not necessary to do it daily. You should water the plants when you notice that the top layer of the substrate is dry. The amount of water required will depend on the climate of your region and the season of the year. It is important to remember that you should moisten the sand, not the plants.

Seed Harvest:

The collection of Chia seeds is carried out selectively. Dried flower heads are usually stored in a bag until it is time to separate the seeds. Harvesting Chia seeds in a home setting is usually individual, waiting for each head to be ready, as opposed to the mass harvests common in commercial settings. Optimal harvest timing is crucial to ensure successful harvesting without waste.

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