Fresco de chan

This recipe can be cut in half. 

Fresco de Chan, is a traditional Salvadoran beverage. This healthy and refreshing drink is lemonade sweetened and colored with strawberry extract to a lustrous ruby red color. Chan seeds are added to the fresco for flavor and texture. Similar to the chan seed, but not the same, is the chia seed. Either of these pulpy, nutritious tiny black seeds can be used in this recipe.

Both seeds come from plants in the same botanical plant family. The chan plant is known by the Latin name as Hiptis Suaveolens. Its small flowers are pink or purple and the seeds are rich in Omega 6. The chia plant, Salvia Hispanica, has purple and white flowers and the seeds are rich in Omega 3. Both seeds are considered a rich source of antioxidants and have a long list of beneficial mineral and vitamins.

Drinks with chan and chia seeds have long been enjoyed for thousands of years, and this Salvadoran favorite is a delightful  drink for all seasons!

Serves 6-8

14 cups of water

4 ounces of chia seeds 

½ cup strawberry extract or syrup

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1½ 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 10 minutes, until they all have expanded, and can float on top. Add the strawberry extract or syrup, lemon juice, and sugar. Stir well and serve over ice to taste. Enjoy!