Tarahumara Chia Salvia tiliafolia
This annual plant is a traditional food crop of the Chumash people indigenous to Southern California, as well as for the Tarahumara people of Mexico. Still used for long distance running by the Tarahumarans, it is said that if the seed is mixed with water to make a gel, one tablespoon can sustain a person’s energy level for 24 hours.
In Mexico, seeds are roasted, ground and added to water, forming a gel
Now promoted as a super food for stamina, endurance, and omega 3 fatty acids
It is an attractive garden plant, with tall and vibrant blue flower spikes.
Be careful where you plant it as it readily self seeds itself and takes up space.
Sow in spring/early summer.