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. Growing Borage is easy. Direct sow the seeds after the threat of frost has past, in well drained soil.