Basil seeds aren’t just for growing basil plants — you can also eat them.
They look similar to sesame seeds but are black. The type that you eat typically comes from sweet basil, Ocimum basilicum, which is the plant commonly used to season foods.
For this reason, the seeds are typically referred to as sweet basil seeds. They also go by many other names, including sabja and tukmaria seeds.
Basil seeds have a long history of use in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, but their health effects have only been tested in a few studies.
You can eat them after soaking them in liquid. Basil seed beverages have long been popular in India and Southeast Asia and are now catching on in the United States as well.