The taste test - Chia Seeds
WHAT IS IT? Chia seeds are the healthy hipster ingredient du jour. Packed full of vitamins, minerals and omega oils, they hail from Latin America and are feted for their hydrophilic properties, absorbing up to 12 times their volume in liquid. They have little or no flavour of their own so, like couscous, the trick is to add plenty of spices and flavourings. They can be scattered atop of pretty much anything or soaked to make a tapioca-style pudding.
WHY IS IT QUESTIONABLE? They are perhaps a bit too healthy hipster and could easily be grouped in the same "worthy but unpronounceable" category as freekeh, quinoa and spirulina. The whole water absorption thing does mean that they do develop a slightly slimey texture. And finally, and we have to be be honest here, they get totally stuck in your teeth... you thought raspberry seeds were annoying!