(Salvia hispanica and Salvia columbariae are the two main species of Salvia that are referred to as ‘Chia’.
Chia plants (Salvia hispanica) is grown mainly for its seeds although the stems were also used to make baskets. Chia is regarded as being rich in Omega 3 and 6 as well as being a good source of fibre.
Growing Chia Plants
Chia plants are not difficult to grow and are resistant to insects and many other pests.
You will need a frost free climate and a warm sunny position. A humus rich well drained soil and you should be successful.
Chia seeds and plants are readily available. Salvia columbariae is known as ‘Golden Chia’. The seeds that you can buy in health food stores may or may not germinate as they may have been treated.
Is Chia worth growing at home, as a plant yes but as a food source?. Probably not unless you are really into growing your own everything. You will need to plant a fair bit to get worth while amounts of seed. HOWEVER, give it a try if you have the right climate and the inclination.
It is probably easier to buy Chia seeds from a Health food store.