Friday, June 30, 2017

ABC Wed: Letter Z for Aztecs

Salvia hispanica, commonly known as chia, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae, native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. The sixteenth-century Codex Mendoza provides evidence that it was cultivated by the Aztec in pre-Columbian times and economic historians say it may have been as important as maize as a food crop.

Aztec culture (/ˈæztɛk/[1]) was a Mesoamerican culture that flourished in Central Mexico in the post-classic period from 1300-1521, during the time in which a triple alliance of the Mexica, Texcoca and Tepaneca tribes established the Aztec empire. The Aztec people were certain ethnic groups of central Mexico, particularly those groups who spoke the Nahuatl language and who dominated large parts of Mesoamerica from the 14th to 16th centuries.

“chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”

Sometimes I add a teaspoon of Chia Seeds to my white coffee in the morning. 

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Roger Owen Green said...

Interesting Z - would not have occurred to me.


MelodyK said...

The past is not all that bad ;-) Many things we nou know as 'new' have been there for centuries. Bon apetit to you

Wishing you a wonderful ABC-day / -week and hopefully till next week when I may welcome you in te new home of ABC-Wednesday on !

Melody (abcw-team)

carol l mckenna said...

Fascinating post for Z ~ thanks ~ ^_^

Carin Diaz said...

This gives me an idea. I have a container of cold brew coffee. I will try soaking my chia seeds in it.