“Of our political revolution of ’76, we all are justly proud. It has given us a degree of political freedom, far exceeding that of any other nation of the earth. In it the world has found a solution of the long mooted problem, as to the capability of man to govern himself. In it was the germ which has vegetated, and still is to grow and expand into the universal liberty of mankind.” February 22, 1842 Temperance Address
“Every blade of grass is a study; and to produce two, where there was but one, is both a profit and a pleasure.” September 30, 1859 Address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society
“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts. "
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. "
This whimsical shot is of our Chia which happens to be growing on Abraham Lincoln’s head. He was attributed with all these quotes, and then some. Whatever his downfalls, Lincoln certainly gave us a lot to ponder that is still very relevant today.
Chia is an interesting plant, and despite the continued popularity of the infamous Chia Pets, I believe that few today have taken the time to get to know this amazing plant. Once known as “the running food” the Chia was a staple food for the Indians of the south west and Mexico as far back as the Aztecs. It was said that a runner could sustain themselves on a single teaspoonful of its seeds.
The richest vegetable source for essential omega-3 fatty acids, Chia has approximately three to ten times the oil concentrations of most grains and one and a half to two times the protein concentrations of other grains! Also a rich source of calcium, it contains the important mineral boron, which acts as catalyst for the absorption and utilization of the calcium by the body. Truly an amazing plant, it is so curious to me that we only know it today for its rather silly reputation as a pop consumer product. I wonder what Lincoln would have to say about that?