Our chia is grown in Mexico and South America where small famers have been tending to it for generations. The plant is a hardy flowering plant in the mint family and can grow up to 6 feet in height. The leaves of the plant are similar to mint in appearance and the flowers are purple and white with a tight bunch of seeds at the tip. When the flower matures, the seeds are ready to be harvested
After the flowers and seeds have developed, the flowers must be harvested before completely drying out. If the flower petals dry and shrink too much the chia seeds will fall out when picked and the yield will be significantly less. After the flower is collected it’s sent to a facility to separate the seeds from the flowers. The flowers are placed in machines that roll and crush the flower, releasing the chia seeds. The seeds and crushed flowers are then sifted to remove flowers petals and stems, leaving the seeds behind to be scanned for any contaminants before packing.
Chia seeds have a taste similar to poppy seeds, can be used in recipes and drinks alike, and are high in omega-3 fatty acids, protein and fiber.