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    Senior Member grrlscout's Avatar
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    Default Desert chia

    Hey all!

    I'm taking a class at the local community college. I noticed they used a lot of native plants in their landscaping. So I started taking a closer look. Now that we've gotten some rain, the plants are blooming and easier to identify. Lo and behold, I spied a whole patch of desert chia (Salvia columbariae).

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    I had read about it. In fact, I bought some seeds to plant this Summer.

    The edible part is the seeds.

    Supposedly, when soaked in water, they get kind of gooey. Traditionally, this was a nutritious beverage. The seeds were also pounded into a flour, that was used to make cakes or mush.

    Medicinally, the soaked seeds made a poultice for wounds or to remove debris from eyes.

    Details from the USDA (in PDF format)
    Last edited by grrlscout; 03-22-2012 at 06:43 PM.

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    Resident Wildman Wildthang's Avatar
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    Cha Cha Cha Chia, Cha Cha Cha Chia, I'm sorry, I just had to do that! I was in a store somewhere and saw an Obama Chia pet, now that's a real treasure!
    Girlscout, that is a cool looking plant ya got there! Can you grow peyote out there?


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