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Chia

(Salvia carnosa)

Grows in sandy washes and along roadsides. Dry seeds become gelatinous when wet which may facilitate germination. California Indians used to harvest large quantities. Powdered seed is used in drinks, gruel and for poultices in Mexico. The seeds are harvested in March-April. They are rich in protein, calcium and fiber considered good for diabetics.

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