Borage - Borago officinalis

Borage - Borago officinalis


I let this stunning blue flowering plant happily grow in my kitchen garden. Borage provides many benefits. These include:


  • repelling pests however bees are dazzled by its blue flowers, blooms produce an excellent flavoured honey
  • companion plant especially with tomatoes, strawberries, and squash
  • it adds trace minerals to the soil
  • excellent for composting and mulching
  • flowers are edible, they taste something like lettuce and can be candied
  • cucumber-flavoured leaves for teas and other beverages


This herb 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, fibre, 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.


Borage is an annual growing to around 60cm, readily self-seeds and thrives in full sun. Borage Recipes and Serving Ideas inc Drinks

10cm pot.e Soup