Supplier(s): Specialty Commodities (North Dakota)
Grown in: Mexico and Argentina
Why We Love Them: Texturally speaking, chia seeds are the perfect companion to oats when making Bircher-style muesli. Like all seeds, they are a good source of vitamins, trace minerals, essential fatty acids, plant protein and phytochemicals. Chia seeds are second only to flaxseeds in omega-3 content and are also an excellent source of iron, calcium and fiber. Recent research has suggested that chia seeds are beneficial in lowering systolic blood pressure and markers of platelet aggregation. They have also been shown to improve glycemic control and reduce cardiovascular risks factors in humans.
Sustainability Factors: Chia seeds are grown in Mexico and several countries of Central and South America. Some companies that grow chia in its native habitat claim that their chia is grown traditionally and sustainably without the use of pesticides, however, we do not have enough data yet from the farm level to demonstrate that this is true of our chia seeds. Food miles should be considered when comparing this non-native seed to more local options, therefore, it gets a lower sustainability score than flax.