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Chia is one of our favorite Indigenous foods! Chia pets (figuras de barro con chia) adorn the altars for the Easter celebration of Viernes de Dolores. You'll see these figures at many of the city's markets as well but generally only at this time.


Chia is grown commercially for its seed, a food that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, since the seeds yield 25-30% extractable oil.
Chia pet decorations take about two weeks to bush out.
Drinks (Agua de chia) are made with the chia seed

Translating: The altars helped me appreciate chia

Los altares me ayudaron a apreciar la chía

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If you'd like to be a good chia farmer, you'll need the following
Chia Seeds
Clay figures or porous bricks
A dark and preferably moist nook
Water and a water sprayer (spritzer)


Salvia hispanica
Chia Pet

Agua de Chia


Indigenous menu


Customs question: can chia seed be imported for personal use?

Free Poster: Join us next Sunday at the Sanchez Pascuas Market for Chia Tasting!
Agua de Chia, Samaritan Day @ Oaxaca 03.2011