Chia Aguas Frescas

chia Chia seeds come from the plant Salvia columbariae, or Desert Chia, which has discs of miniature blue flowers. A member of the mint family, chia is an herbaceous annual that grows in the desert from February through April. Its tiny grey seed is used as food or in drinks. A good source of calcium with protein and omega-3 fatty acids, the nutty-tasting seed and its mucilaginous properties were highly valued by indigenous people of the Southwest. Chia balances blood-sugar and provides sustained energy. Native peoples have often used the seed for energy when on long marches or to run.


Makes 10 servings



  • ¼ c fresh lemon juice, from 2 lemons
  • ¼ c agave nectar
  • ¼ c chia seeds
  • 10 c water


Mix all ingredients in a pitcher. Wait a few minutes and mix more. Serve over ice.