The sprouted seeds can be added to salads and sandwiches. A refreshing drink can be made by steeping the seed in cold water. Alternatively, the seed can be roasted and ground into a powder then mixed with water when it soon becomes a copious gelatinous mass. It is very palatable and nutritious. The seed has been used to render water palatable by removing the alkalis.The leaves are occasionally used as a sage-like seasoning.
Material usesThere are no material uses listed for Salvia columbariae.
The seeds have been kept in the mouth, and chewed during long journeys on foot, in order to give strength.The seeds have been used to cleanse the eyes or remove foreign matter from the eyes. No more information is given here, but in other instances the seed has been placed in the eye, it then forms a gelatinous covering to which any foreign matter in the eye adheres. The seed is washed out of the eye by the eyes own tears[K].
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Plants are lodge resistant. This plant was a staple food crop of the Aztecs. It is often cultivated for its edible seeds, which are used to make a refreshing and nourishing drink. A good bee plant.Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer.
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