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Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs


Other Common Names Include:


Latin Name: Salvia hispanica

Plant Family: Lamiaceae

Close Relatives: Sage

Uses and Markets: Culinary (seed is high in dietary fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins), medicinal (consumption of chia seed has a positive impact on lowering blood sugar levels).  Traditionally grown in Mexico, the south-western United States, and South America.  Primarily sold as a health food in Canada, but may also be found in specialty ethnic food stores.

Chia plants growing in Ontario
Production Life Cycle in Ontario

Chia requires a short day photoperiod for flowering and will not produce seed under growing conditions in Ontario.



Additional Notes


Ontario Research Projects Used to Create This Profile

  1. Elford, E., Filotas, M., Todd, J., and S. Westerveld. 2009. Non-traditional crops demonstration garden. OMAFRA Simcoe Resource Centre  (unpublished data).