Holy Basil Seed Tea

Carrington Farms Holy Basil Seeds in water

Did you know when you put holy basil seeds in water (pictured), the soluble fiber outer layer soaks up the water and forms a plump, gel-like coating?  People like using these soaked seeds in drinks and desserts because they bring a unique texture to the table.

Try this simple recipe for Holy Basil Seed Tea:


  • 1 to 2 tablespoons holy basil seeds
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 to 3 black tea bags or 2 tablespoons loose-leaf black tea
  • Sugar or sweetener of choice (adjust to taste)
  • Ice cubes


Prepare Basil Seeds:

  • Rinse the holy basil seeds thoroughly under cold water.
  • Soak the seeds in 1 cup of water for about 15-20 minutes. They will swell and form a gel-like coating.

Brew Black Tea: 

  • Steep the black tea bags or loose-leaf tea in 1 cup of hot water for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Remove the tea bags or strain out the loose leaves.
  •  While the tea is still warm, add sugar or sweetener to taste. Stir well until the sugar is dissolved.

Combine Basil Seeds and Tea:

  • Mix the soaked basil seeds with the brewed black tea. Stir well to combine.
  • Chill the Basil Seed Tea by letting the basil seed tea cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until it's cold.

Serve Over Ice:

  • Fill a glass with ice cubes and pour the chilled basil seed tea over the ice.
  • Stir the drink with a large straw or spoon before sipping to distribute the basil seeds evenly.
  • Optionally, you can garnish by adding a slice of lemon or a sprig of mint for added freshness.
  • Enjoy!