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



Borage Recipes and Serving Ideas inc Drinks


Borage Soup



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