Photo: Boris’ altar (Some rights reserved)

Chia is one of our favorite Indigenous foods!

Oaxaca City – Chia pets (monos o figuras de barro con chia) adorn the altars for the Easter celebration of Viernes de Dolores. You’ll see these figures at many of the city’s markets as well but generally only at this time.

Misc Notes
Chia is grown commercially for its seed, a food that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, since the seeds yield 25-30% extractable oil.
Chia pet decorations take about two weeks to bush out.
Drinks (Agua de chia) are made with the chia seed
rich in antioxidants, fiber, minerals, and omega-3 fat

How to
If you’d like to be a good chia farmer, you’ll need the following
Chia seeds
Clay figures or porous bricks
A dark and preferably moist nook
Water and a water sprayer (spritzer)

Elsewhere on the Web
Chia – Flickr

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Preparing the Easter Altar (2013)

Translating: The altars helped me appreciate chia
Los altares me ayudaron a apreciar la chía


Free Poster: Join us next Sunday at the Sanchez Pascuas Market for Chia Tasting!

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Salvia hispanica
Chia Pet


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