This makes the US the main buyer in the world, according to Modor Intelligence, cited by Gestión, and Peru is its fifth largest supplier with 8.4% of its imports, the Commercial Office of Peru in New York reported.
This seed is native to Mexico. It belongs to the mint family and owes its name to a Mayan word that means strength. “Since ancient times, chia has been used by the Mayan and Aztec civilizations”, according to Gestión.
The seed also offers a good portion of antioxidants, vitamins A, C and B, as well as mineral salts, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc and copper.
The five main suppliers of chia in the United States according to market share are Colombia (16.5%), Argentina (15.7%), Costa Rica (14%), Uruguay (8.9%) and Peru (8.4%).
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