Borage (Borago officinalis) is a medicinal herb with edible leaves and flowers that taste similar to cucumber. Leaves can of course be used as a salad green and the flowers as edible decorations.
Borage is excellent in soups, salads, borage-lemonade, strawberry-borage cocktails, preserves, borage jelly, various sauces, cooked as a stand-alone vegetable, or used in desserts in the form of fresh or candied flowers, to name a few.
If your rumbling tummy doesn't persaude you to grow this beautiful blue-flowered powerhouse, than perhaps learning that Borage is also the highest known plant source of gamma-linolenic acid (an Omega 6 fatty acid, also known as GLA) and the seed oil is often marketed as a GLA supplement. It is also a source of B vitamins, beta-carotene, fiber, choline, and, again, trace minerals. In alternative medicine it is used for stimulating breast milk production and as an adrenal gland tonic; thus it can be used to relieve stress.
Known for repelling pests such as hornworms, attracting pollinators, and aiding any plants it is interplanted with by increasing resistance to pests and disease. It is also helpful to, and compatible with, most plants — notably tomatoes, strawberries and squash. Borage adds trace minerals to the soil it is planted in, and is good for composting and mulching.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IF HAPPY IN YOUR GARDEN, IT WILL READILY SELF-SEED, PERHAPS TO THE POINT OF INVASIVENESS.
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