Dark Opal Basil Highlights
- Germination: 2 to 4 days
- Soak: No need.
- Harvest: 18 to 25 days for microgreens – can allow it to grow into baby greens (up to 40+ days)
- Flavor: Delightful basil flavor – better than Genovese basil microgreens.
- Nutrients: Vitamins A & C, iron, and magnesium.
Dark Opal Basil is a variety of sweet basil. The young true leaves and the insides of more mature leaves have a dark maroon color. The veins of the leaves also stay dark, giving this basil a variegated look.
Dark Opal Basil has a very intense basil flavor. In fact, a much stronger and sweeter flavor than Genovese.
For a beautiful Caprese salad, mix young Dark Opal, Red Rubin, and Genovese Basil leaves with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese!
Mostly used as a garnish, Dark Opal Basil microgreens can also be used in cooking. The microgreens add Italian flavor to dishes.
Dark Opal Basil seed is mucilaginous, meaning that it develops a jelly-like coating when it gets wet. Basil loves the light and will do better in a well-lit location. Heat mats will also speed up the germination and growth of basil.
Try to harvest basil clean as it doesn’t store well after being washed. Best to wash it just before using it.
Dark Opal Basil grows a bit quicker than Genovese Basil in my experience.
Dark Opal Basil Seed Package Sizes
- Home Microgreens Tray is 1.0-grams. The HM Tray area is 37.5 square inches.
- 5- by 5-inch Tray is 0.7-grams
- 10- by 10-inch Tray is 2.7-grams
- Ounce packages.
How Much Seed Do You Need For Your Tray?
If you use Home Microgreen planting trays, 5 by 5, or 1010 trays, there’s no need to worry. Each seed packet has the correct number of seeds for the provided tray.
However, if you’re using a different planting tray, use the calculator in the article below to figure out how much seed you need.
Click this link to use the calculator: Home Microgreens Seed Density Calculator.