You may be looking at my Basil Seed Iced Tea and be wondering all about it, because that’s what happens to me whenever I order a drink with Basil Seed at a Vietnamese restaurant. These little basil seeds may look like chia seeds, but they’ve been around Vietnamese cuisine wayyyy longer than chia seeds have been popular, and they are actually more nutritious! They contain more calcium, iron, fiber, and magnesium than chia seeds.
You can get basil seeds at an Asian market, or you can get them here on Amazon (affiliate link). Whatever you do, make sure they are the edible seeds, and not from a nursery. The great thing about basil seeds is that you can add them to any drink, like smoothies or in this case, iced tea. My Basil Seed Iced Tea is a great recipe to start with, and the strawberry tea and fresh strawberries add more flavor and also more vitamin C!
Check out my video to see a time lapse of when I made this Basil Seed Iced Tea. It’s pretty amazing to watch, and actually, it doesn’t take that long for the basil seeds to soak- only 15 minutes!
- 1 tbsp. basil seeds
- 1 packet strawberry tea
- 2 strawberries
- 3 cups water
- In one cup of water mix in basil seeds.
- Let soak for 15 minutes and drain excess water.
- Soak strawberry tea packet into 2 cups water for 1 minute and remove.
- Add slice strawberries, soaked basil seeds.
- /2 tbsp. honey optional.