Chia is a highly nutritious plant that can be used for sprouting, grown as a MicroGreen, made into Chia Gel, or, yes, used to patch that bald spot on your cherished Chia Pet. Chia is high in protein and rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Chia is also gluten free.
Our Chia is black Chia, salvia hispanica, which is a bit misleading because “black chia” can, and frequently does, have black, white and brown seeds. You may hear people throwing around all kinds of names for Chia but most likely they are really talking about salvia hispanica. We have also been asked about Salba®. As far as we can tell, Salba® is just salvia hispanica but it appears as though they may be separating the seed by color.
Chia Gel – Most people use a 1 to 9 ratio, meaning 1 tablespoon of seed to 9 tablespoons of liquid. The seed will typically gel in 15 minutes or less. There are many great recipes that feature chia gel and several people use it as a full or partial replacement for butter in baking.
Also notice we use the word “liquid”, yes water works but so do most all other liquids so get creative. (yes beer works but I am not sure we recommend it)
Chia MicroGreen – grow like any other MicroGreen, see our section on MicroGreens for more detail. Grows in 3 to 5 days.
Chia Sprouts – unless you are an experienced sprouter you might want to try the MicroGreen or Gel first. Because Chia is mucilaginous you can’t sprout it with normal methods. The best method for sprouting is to either use a sure-to-grow mat, also called a baby blanket, or use a terra cotta sprouter. Chia can be sprouted in 2 to 3 days.
Growing Chia Microgreens
Chia Seeds: salvia hispanica
Seeding: Approx 1 Oz of Chia seeds for a 10"x20" tray
Seed Presoak: No (mucilaginous)
Growing Medium: hydropoinic or soil
Preferred Medium: hydroponic
Germination Rate: high
Germination Time: 2 to 3 days
Microgreens Harvest time: 8 to 12 days
Microgreens Ideal Harvest: 10 days
Baby Salad Harvest: not recommended
Micro Greens Color: green leaves
Micro Greens Flavor: earthy
- Garnishes & sandwiches
- Survival food storage
Notes & Growing Tips: Chia is a mucilaginous seed, which means that when it gets wet, it develops a sticky, jelly like coating. It needs to be kept damp, so mist the seeds regularly every 12 hours. Chia microgreens are amazingly easy to grow and develop into a beautiful soft canopy with a pleasant smell. Chia is favored for its health benefits, including high levels of omega oils, amino acids and proteins. Chia greens are very small so harvest close to the soil line for maximum yield.
***Note: Although we have indicated the specific medium that this particular seed prefers, you can still experiment with either soil or hydroponic mediums. Results may vary.