Borage is known as the 'Herb of Gladness'.
Borage (Borago officinalis) is known primarily as a culinary herb, and has been attributed with giving people courage, driving away sadness and lifting the spirits. It is also known as Starflower and Bee Bush. Native to the Mediterranean region, is has naturalised in many other areas. Borage is a hardy, easy growing annual plant with striking blue star shaped flowers. Both the young leaves and flowers are edible and have a mild cucumber flavour. The flowers are often used as a garnish for salads, desserts, and drinks - add flowers, young leaves and lime slices to plain or sparkling mineral water for a refreshing drink, dress up drinks by freezing flowers in ice cubes. It is also a source of B vitamins,beta-carotene, choline, and trace minerals, this herb is also the highest known plant source of gamma-linolenic acid, an essential Omega-6 fatty acid.
Borage is widely accepted as one of the best companion plants for its observed effects within a garden, including beans, peas, zucchini, cucumbers, and especially for Tomatoes and Strawberries. Planting Borage next to strawberry plants serves several beneficial functions; the Borage tends to deter many of the insect pests that afflict strawberries. They are a powerful pollinator attractor and can make pollination more robust, and the fruit will have an improved flavour. Borage plants are self-seeding, so you will always have plenty of flowering plants to attract pollinating honey bees and native bees and other beneficial predatory insects to your garden. If you grow your Borage in containers, simply collect the small black barrel shaped seeds, dry and store. Borage plants are also dynamic accumulators – plants that concentrate minerals and nutrients in their body, leaves and fruits. The nutrient and mineral content of these plants makes them very useful as mulch and in compost, resulting in healthier plant life and soil.
Borage is one of our Free seed varieties and may be included with the Culinary and Salad Garden Kits.
Note: It is said that pregnant and nursing women should avoid consuming Borage.