Chia is a highly nutritious Chenopodium originally from central America. The flowers of chia seed attract bees and other beneficials and it performs very well as a weed-suppressing cover crop.
Chia prefers well-drained soils of light to medium texture. It is not particular with respect to soil pH, but it does require a sunny location. The demand for healthy foods is increasing the prices for Chia, making it also an interesting cash crop.