About Chia Seeds Black Organic
Chia seeds can be black or white (brown indicates that the seed is unripe). There is no difference nutritionally. White or black, this little seed has a lot to be proud of. It was, in fact, one of the main foods in the Aztec diet. Aside from being eaten whole, the chia seed was anciently used for many things. It was used in medicine, ground into flour, mixed as an ingredient in drinks, and pressed for oil. It was useful in that it could be stored for relatively long periods of time (perfect for traveling). In addition to these practical uses, the chia seed ran deeper in the blood of the Aztecs. It was sacred and used as a sacrifice in religious ceremonies.
The ancient civilizations believed that the chia seed provided supernatural powers. In Mayan, “chia” means “strength.” This probably has to do with the large amounts of energy provided by chia seeds. Today, chia is grown in several Latin American countries, but its main producer is fast becoming Australia. Has fairly gained the categorization as a superfood since they contain up to 25% omega-3 fatty acids, high in protein and fiber, and great source of calcium and minerals.
Storage and shelf life
Store chia seeds in a cool, dry, airtight container, away from the sunlight and heat.
Chia seeds, when stored properly, will keep their taste and texture for years. Soaked chia seeds stay good in the refrigerator for about a week, while sprouted chia seeds should be eaten within a few days.
Shipping and delivery
The product is available for delivery and pick up from our store in de Pijp.
The product is delivered in recycled paper bags.
Nutritional Value per 100 g
Energy 436 Kcal
Protein (g) 20.0
Fat (g) 31.0 (Saturated: 3.0)
Carbohydrates (g) 2.1 (Sugars: 1.0)
Dietary fiber (g) 37.9
Salt (g) 0.05
This product contains known allergens. People who are allergic to mustard or sesame seeds may also be sensitive to chia seeds too. May also contain traces of allergens due to possible cross-contamination.
How to use
Chia seeds, in actuality, don’t have a very strong flavor. So, they can be included in a wide range of foods for a little texture. The easiest way to add chia seeds to your diet is to sprinkle them straight onto cereal, yogurt, salads, or other dishes, adding a nice crunch and a slightly nutty flavor. You can also stir them into a smoothie or a glass of fruit juice. With just a little more effort, you can make chia pudding by adding liquid and a sweetener, and some fruit, nuts, or chocolate chips for flavor.
Stirred into water, chia seeds become gel-like, similar in texture to tapioca pearls with the same thickening ability. Chia seeds can be used this way as an egg substitute in vegan baking recipes.
Other interesting information
Chia (Salvia hispanica L.) was originated from Mexico and Guatemala; it has been the part of human food for about 5500 years. Traditionally, the seeds were used by Aztecs and Mayas people in the preparation of folk medicines, food and canvases. In pre-historic times in Columbian societies, it was the second main crop after beans. The word chia is derived from a Spanish word chian which means oily, it is oilseed, with a power house of omega-3 fatty acids, superior quality protein, higher extent of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and wide range of polyphenolic antioxidants which act as antioxidant and safeguard the seeds from chemical and microbial breakdown. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4926888/)