Newest Review: ... outside or sow directly into fertilised soil. What does it look like Borage is leafy with beautiful delicate blue flowers. The fl... more
Beautiful plant with many uses
Member Name: ecolojo
Advantages: Easy to grow
Disadvantages: Not a bulky vegetable crop
Borage is a fantastic self seeding herb with beautiful blue flowers. It may be used as a "pot herb" ie added in reasonable bulk to savory dishes, mixed with spinach, and when chopped finely, added to salads or sandwiches. It is quite hairy but these hairs are not irritating to the mouth. The flavour of borage is similar to cucumber, and pea and borage soup is a classic combination! The flowers may be picked individually and frozen into ice cubes, they look very pretty in drinks.
Borage is easy to grow, and will almost certainly grow again from self sown seedlings if it has grown well the previous year. They prefer light sandy soil and plenty of sunshine. Bees love it, and make a delicious honey from its nectar, while also encouraging pollination of neighbouring plants.
As a medicinal herb borage is said to "cheer the hard student", and is useful in reducing fevers. Make a tea of a handful of chopped leaves with 1 pint of water and simmer for a few minutes before straining and drinking a glassful from time to time in moderation.
Summary: Worth a space in all but the tiniest garden