Micro Lemon Basil
Inventory, 4 oz : 1.00
This item was last sold on : 03/20/17
Micro Lemon Basil has a pale green stem with four tiny bright green leaves. The first set of leaves to open, or the cotyledons, have a rounded spade-shape while the latter pair are more oval and resemble a tiny version of mature basil. The plants range from 3 to 5 centimeters in height and are entirely edible, stem and all. This microgreen offers a tender texture, with a robust lemony citrus flavor that often times comes across as slightly medicinal, especially when full grown. Classic herbaceous tones of basil mix with sweet anise and finish with a zesty lemon spice.
Micro Lemon Basil is available year-round.
Lemon basil is botanically classified as Ocimum basilicum citriodorum and sometimes commonly referred to as hoary basil. It is the result of a cross between common sweet basil, Ocimum basilicum, and a highly aromatic strain that is rich in volatile oils known as Ocimum americanum. Micro Lemon Basil is typically harvested within a few days of germination when the new sprouts offer just a hint of citrusy basil flavor. In a study conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland, some microgreens were found to have significantly higher levels of beta-carotene, even more so than carrots.
Micro Lemon Basil provides moderate levels of beta-carotene and high levels of vitamin K, both are renowned for their anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains small amounts of potassium, manganese, copper and magnesium all of which are vital for proper body function. Like many herbs in the mint family, Micro Lemon basil contains essential oils rich in camphor and linalool.
Like other basil varieties, Micro Lemon Basil works well with many classic pairings, including tomatoes, garlic, onion, corn, and mozzarella cheese. But the unique citrus lemon characteristic expands those possibilities into Asian inspired dishes as well as desserts. It pairs well with chile peppers, cilantro, mint, cumin, coriander, turmeric, lemon grass, peanuts, sesame oil, garlic, curries, fish sauce, lemon, lime, blueberries, strawberries, apricot, pineapple, nectarines, peaches, watermelon, vanilla, lemon verbena, coconut, honey, ginger, cinnamon, white chocolate, and even fruity cocktails like mojitos, margaritas, gimlets or martinis. Micro Lemon Basil is intended for raw preparations, specifically as a garnish, as the delicate leaves will wilt if exposed to prolonged heat. Keep refrigerated in a sealed container and added only at the very final stage of finishing a dish.
Lemon basil is a widely used culinary herb in southern Asian countries used in stews and curries, but it also contains essential oils imporant in herbal medicine.
Native to the Mediterranean region, basil spread throughout Europe by the Roman emperor Charlemagne. Micro Lemon Basil and microgreens became popular in Southern California in the 1990s with the first recorded use of the word “microgreen” in 1998. Micro Lemon Basil is typically grown in greenhouses where humidity, temperature and irrigation can be controlled, yielding a healthy robust crop.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Sheraton Carlsbad (20/20)||Carlsbad CA||760-827-2400|
|Casa de las Campanas Norte||San Diego CA||858 376 1522|
|Urban Solace||San Diego CA||619-295-6464|
|Gamma Phi Beta||San Diego CA||310-634-2371|
|Lodge at Torrey Pines Main||San Diego CA||858-453-4420|
|Rustic Root||San Diego CA||619-702-5595|
|Paradise Point Resort Tidal||San Diego CA||858-490-6363|
|Solace & the Moonlight Lounge||Encinitas CA||760-753-2433|
|Terra Restaurant||San Diego CA||619-293-7088|
Recipes that include Micro Lemon Basil. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Cooking And Beer||Roasted Beets and Beet Greens with Goat Cheese Crostini|
|Vegetarian Ventures||Mini Strawberry Chocolate Tarts with Whipped Goat Cheese and Micro Basil|