Micro Lemon Basil
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This item was last sold on : 07/24/22
Micro Lemon basil greens are very small in size, averaging 5-7 centimeters in length, and have 2-4 tiny, bright green leaves connected to a thin, pale green stem. The first set of leaves to open, or the cotyledons, have a rounded spade-shape while the second pair, or true leaves, are more oval with somewhat pointed tips and resemble a tiny version of mature basil. Micro Lemon basil offers a tender texture with a robust lemony citrus flavor and classic herbaceous tones of basil mixed with sweet anise.
Micro Lemon basil is available year-round.
Micro Lemon basil greens are the young, tiny edible versions of the mature herb that are harvested 16-25 days after sowing. Typically grown in greenhouses with ample natural sunlight and good air circulation, Micro Lemon basil has become well-known for its citrusy flavor and is most popularly used by chefs as a garnish to add texture, flavor, and color.
Micro Lemon basil contains beta-carotene, vitamin K, potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium.
Micro Lemon basil greens are best suited for raw applications as their delicate and tender texture will not hold up against high heat. They are most commonly used as a garnish and can be used in any dish that calls for a light, lemon flavor. They can be incorporated into soups, stews, curries, steamed vegetable dishes, grilled meat dishes, or stir-fries. They can also be used in Asian inspired dishes, desserts such as ice cream, and even fruity cocktails like mojitos, margaritas, gimlets, or martinis. Micro Lemon basil pairs well with meats such as chicken, beef, or seafood, heirloom tomatoes, garlic, onion, mint, cumin, coriander, turmeric, lemongrass, peanuts, sesame oil, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, watermelon, and vanilla. They will keep 5-7 days when stored unwashed, in a sealed container, and in the refrigerator.
Lemon basil is a widely used culinary herb in Southeast Asia, especially in Malaysia, Thailand, and Laos, and in Northeastern Africa and Morocco. It is commonly used in stews, seafood, and curries for a tangy and sweet flavoring. Micro Lemon basil is also being adapted into these cuisines as a new and updated take on the traditional dishes. It is also incorporated into sweet dishes including ice cream, pies, and tarts as the Micro Lemon basil flavor is subtler and sweeter than the regular sized herb.
Lemon basil is believed to be native to Southeast Asia and Northeastern Africa and was introduced to North America during the 17th century. Micro Lemon basil became popular in the 1980s-1990s in the United States, with the first recorded use of the word microgreen in 1998. Today Micro Lemon basil is available through select distributors and specialty grocers in the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Recipes that include Micro Lemon Basil. One is easiest, three is harder.