Borage

$2.99

  • Borago officinalis
  • Seed Packet contains approx 40 seeds
  • Open Pollinated.

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Borage

Grows to a height of 60–100 cm, and is bristly or hairy all over the stems and leaves. The flowers are complete, perfect with five narrow, triangular-pointed petals. Flowers are most often blue, although pink flowers are sometimes observed. Traditionally was cultivated for culinary and medicinal uses, although today, commercial cultivation is mainly as an oilseed. Borage is used as either a fresh vegetable or a dried herb. As a fresh vegetable, with a cucumber-like taste, it is often used in salads or as a garnish. The flower has a sweet, honey-like taste and is often used to decorate desserts and cocktails, most commonly, frozen in ice cubes. An excellent attractor of beneficial insects to the garden also.

Sow: September to February (cool climate).

Spacing: 30 cm.

Pliny the Elder and Dioscorides said that borage was the “Nepenthe” mentioned in Homer, which caused forgetfulness when mixed with wine.

Francis Bacon thought that borage had “an excellent spirit to repress the fuliginous vapour of dusky melancholie.”

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