One of the greatest gifts we received this year is a turtle Chia Pet! It came with a digital alarm clock that plays the Ch-ch-ch-chia! song when it goes off ... .
I never knew the story behind the name, Chia. Chia (salvia hispanica) is a plant of the mint family. Eaten as food and included in medicines, it was popular among the Aztecs. Chia seeds were ground into flour and pressed for oil ... interesting. Who would have guessed it would also serve a purpose as "hair" covering for a terra-cotta clay pet!
10 hours ago