Basil microgreen were among the first microgreen introduced to restaurant diners four decades ago. They remain a favorite to this day, owing to their many culinary and health benefits.

Basil microgreen are tiny young edible plants produced from a basil seed but with four to fives times more nutrients than the mature basil herb. They are harvested shortly after the first leaves are developed. Their leaves and stem are eaten as you would normally eat mature basil. They are mild, crunchy, and juicy with intense, slightly sweet, and zesty flavor, and are usually added in a salad, as a garnish on food, with your sandwich or as a snack by itself.

Basil microgreen were offered along with other microgreen including arugula, kale, beets, and cilantro in the 1980s in San Francisco. Their popularity moved eastward from California and became well established in the 1990’s, as more varieties of microgreen were introduced.  

There are scores of varieties of basil plants, with most of them cultivated as microgreen. The following are the more common types:

  • Sweet basil
  • Genovese basil
  • Cinnamon basil
  • Lettuce leaf basil
  • Purple basil
  • Globe basil
  • Thai basil
  • Lemon basil
  • Lime basil
  • Christmas basil
Micro Sweet Basil
Lemon Basil aka Lemone Cress
Micro Thai Basil
Micro Opal Basil aka Red Rubin
Micro Cinnamon Basil aka Micro Mint

Although some people used to believe that basil was poisonous, others swore that it was good for cleansing the mind and spirit. Read below for some of the reasons why basil was commonly referred to as the “King of Herbs”.