Tukmaria seeds play a major role in some Southeast Asian cuisines. They are very popular in India, Taiwan and Indonesia, among other areas.
Black in colour and slightly smaller than a grain of rice, they are very similar to chia seeds and share almost identical nutritional properties. Tukmaria seeds are, nonetheless, bigger in size than chia seeds.
Tukmaria is originally native to India and other tropical regions of Asia. It has been cultivated there for more than 5.000 years. Its scientific name is Ocimum Basilicum. It is an annual herb which grows 30-130cm tall,. The flowers are small, white in color and arranged in a terminal spike.
Insert date: 2011-04-20 Last update: 2013-01-06