March 23rd is National Chia Seed Day!
Here are today’s five food finds about chia seeds:
- Chia seeds come from the plant, Salvia Hispanica, which is related to mint.
- Aztecs and Mayans praised the chia seed for giving them energy so much so that the Mayan word for strength is “chia.”
- Chia seeds have exploded in popularity in the recent years do to the demand for superfoods.
- Chia seeds are considered a “whole grain” food.
- They are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various micronutrients!
Today’s Food History
- 1699John Bartram was born. American naturalist and explorer, considered ‘father of American botany’; established a world renowned botanical garden in Philadelphia in 1728.
- 1857Fannie Merritt Farmer was born. American culinary authority, and author of the 1896 edition of ‘The Boston Cooking School Cook Book‘ which became known in future editions as the ‘Fannie Farmer Cook Book.’ Director of the Boston Cooking School, and founder of Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery. She is often cited as the first cookbook author to introduce standard measurements.
- 1880A patent for a glass milk bottle was issued to Warren Glass Works.
- 1912The Dixie Cup was developed by Lawrence Luellen and Hugh Moore. Its original name was the ‘Health Kup,’ changed to ‘Dixie Cup‘ in 1919. The name came from a line of dolls made by the Dixie Doll Company.
- 2008R.I.P. Al Copeland, the founder of Popeye’s restaurant chain.