Borage or Borago officinalis originates from the eastern Mediteranean, but is now widely cultivated.
Borage has fuzzy, oval shaped leaves and flowers that bloom bright blue.
- Plant has mucilage, works as a blood purifier, cardiotonic, and calmative. Also used for coughs and depression.1
- Both young leaves and flowers can be used
- Borage is best used fresh or frozen, especially young leaves
- Flowers are used fresh or candied
- Fresh leaves have strongest scent and wilt quickly, so should be used quickly
- Can replace cucumber in salads
- Turns vinegar (acids?) blue when they come in contact with borage
- Flowers can be used fresh or candied as a garnish (salads, soups, punch bowls, etc)
- A summer herb due to flavors