Flower of the Day Challenge: Borage

Borage (Borago officinalis)

If you are thinking about adding a new bee-friendly plant to your garden, may I recommend Borage? It’s easy to grow, flowers for a long time, and the bees absolutely love it! Also (although I have not tried it yet) you can add the leaves to a salad! Can anyone recommend it in salad? What does it taste like?

This is my entry to Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge.


  1. Once sown youll never get rid of it. So beware. The leaves are a bit prickly for me but the flowers are nice in a salad and freeze in ice cubes to make a pretty garnish in G&T. And yes, cucumber taste.

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  2. Characteristics and uses

    Traditionally, borage 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, borage, with a cucumber-like taste, 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.
    Vegetable use of borage is common in Germany, in the Spanish regions of Aragón and Navarre, on the Greek island of Crete, and in the northern Italian region of Liguria.
    Although often used in soups, one of the better known German borage recipes is the Frankfurt speciality grüne Soße (“green sauce”).
    In Liguria, Italy, borage (in Italian, borragine) is commonly used as a filling of the traditional pasta ravioli and pansoti.
    It is used to flavour pickled gherkins in Poland and Russia.
    The flowers produce copious nectar which is used by honeybees to make a light and delicate honey.

    Borage is traditionally used as a garnish in the Pimms Cup cocktail,[5] but is nowadays often replaced by a long sliver of cucumber peel or by mint. It is also one of the key botanicals in Gilpin’s Westmorland Extra Dry Gin.
    In Persian cuisine, borage tea (using the dried purple flowers) is called گل گاوزبان : gol gâvzabân, “cow’s-tongue-flower”.

    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borage


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