Fresco de Chan, is a traditional Salvadoran beverage. Is basically a lemonade colored with strawberry extract. Chan seeds are added to the fresco for flavor and texture. These seeds are rich in Omega 6, amino acids, magnesium and vitamin B.
The chan plant, also known by it’s Latin name Hiptis Suaveolens, is a small shrub that produces these nutritious tiny black seeds. Many people confuse them with Chia Seeds (Salvia Hispanica) because they look similar, and both come from the same botanical family. Both plants, however, carry nutritional properties that provide a long list of mineral and vitamins.
Fresco de Chan / Chan Red Lemonade
- 14 cups of water
- 4 ounces of Chan seeds or substitute for Chia Seeds
- 1/2 cup strawberry extract
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
- Ice to taste
In a large pitcher, combine well the water and chan seeds. Let the seeds soak in the water for about 30 to 40 minutes, until they all have expanded, and can float on top. Add the strawberry extract, lemon juice, and sugar. Stir well and serve over ice to taste. Enjoy!