I have been using Chia Seeds for the last 18 months now. They came to my attention after being told about the Salba seeds in the Yarrow bread, then I find out that New World, Hastings are stocking them. This was around the time that the Government was threatening to put Foliate in bread and when I started to make my own bread. So I duly read up of these wonderful seeds and start using them in place of oil in my bread. Vogels are now advertising that some of their bread contain these lovely seeds.
Recently for an assignement we had to do a 3 day daily record of our eating and then it was evaluated via software, out spits our nuritents, vitamin and mineral intake. I was expecting to see low levels of calicum and a few others, well they weren't low and this I attribute to the Chia seeds.
On moving to the South Island I had a bit of trouble finding Chia seeds, but managed to source them at our local New World. Now some 9 months later I go to buy some more and to my horror I am told that they have been taken off the shelves as they were not a moving item. I was told this after having gone through 3 different people and having to explain exactly what Chia seeds were. My question to the Bulk Food Manager was if you don't know what they are and what they are used for how can you expect your customers to buy and use them?
Yes I can grow chia seeds but since I am now renting I don't have the space to grow them.
So people if you don't know what these wonderful seeds are, please google them. In the North Island they are available in some New World's and Pak n Save's, in the South Island only some New World's. The chances are if you ask for them they will send you to the garden section of the supermarket. I did inquire at our local organic shop, yes they stock them but will you might as well have been buying gold for the price they were wanting for them.
Simplest explaination about these seeds is that they are a natural wonderful food, eaten regularly you would never need to buy any vitmain or mineral supplement. Armies marched solely on these seeds.
Thank you one and all for reading my rantings.