Black Chia Seed
Black Chia Seeds are small, oval-shaped, edible seeds known for their nutritional value and health benefits. Mild in flavor and unique in texture, these healthy seeds can range from crunchy to nutty to gelatinous depending on how they are prepared.
Use raw or mix with water or juice to form a gel
Storage & handling
Store in dry, cool place.
Black chia seeds (the seeds of the Salvia hispanica plant) have been cultivated as a food source for thousands of years in Meso and South America, at least since the time of the Mayan and Aztec empires. In fact, the word "chia" is a corruption of the Mayan word for "strength" and gives a good indication of the reason it was so highly valued. Until recently, chia was produced by only a few small growers, but commercial production has resumed and today chia is cultivated in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, and many other Latin and South American countries.
Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and boast a long shelf life. Chia seeds provide fiber (25 grams provide roughly 6.9 grams of fiber) as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.
Black chia seeds have a mild, nutty flavor and a pleasing crunch. They can be sprinkled ground or whole on cereal, yogurt or salads, or mixed into muffins and other baked goods. When added to liquid and allowed to sit for 30 minutes, chia seeds form a pudding-like gel which can be eaten as a breakfast porridge or mixed into smoothies. Their unique ability to become gelatinous when soaked in liquid aids digestion and slows the absorption of nutrients while also creating new way to create texture in recipes.
This popular, healthy alternative to traditional pudding is both easy and delicious, and incorporates our nutritious White Chia Seeds. Try topping your pudding with fresh or dried fruit, toasted shaved coconut, nuts or seeds for added texture and flavor.