Hundreds of seeds germinates and grows into a wonderful plant in few years. Plants and trees make the land fertile and healthy. There are hundreds of ornamental plants and trees in this world and understanding its origin is extremely useful in many ways. Human being needs oxygen for breathing and these wonderful plants supply immense oxygen in the air. This topic will deal with Chia a flowering plant which falls under mint family. These plants are native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala.
Many countries cultivate these crops as food crops. These seeds are rich in nutrients and many people use it for cooking. People living in Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina, Mexico and Guatemala use this seed lavishly in their food items.It is an annual herb which has rich Omega-3 fatty acids and linolenic acid. These plants grow up to 1.75 meters tall. The leaves grow up to 8 cm. The botanical name of these plant is Salvia hispanica. Australia was the world’s largest producer of Chia in the year 2008.
- Chia seed is rich in vitamins, calcium, iron, protein, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous and zinc.
- The seeds may be used as a topping for different breakfast items like bread.
- Many consume these seeds raw or semi-cooked.
- There is no conclusive evidence about the negative impacts of chia and researches are still underway. The time span from planting to harvesting varies from 120-180 days.
- Hundreds of nutritionists prescribe chia seeds for weight loss and obesity.
- The seeds are rich in antioxidants and fiber. It also lowers blood pressure and promotes heart function.