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Borage

Bee plant

Boraginaceae Borago officinalis L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Borage is a rather coarse annual plant grown for culinary use in Europe, but little grown in the U.S. Plant is hairy, 1.5 to 2 feet high. Leaves are oval to oblong, 4 to 5 inches long. Only the young leaves are palatable. In the U.S. borage also is grown as an ornamental.

In addition to its occasional use as a pot herb, borage flowers are used for flavoring, mainly in drinks, as the English drink "cool tankard" and in lemonade and other fruit juice drinks. The flowers are blue or purple, borne in large racemes.


Season, planting to harvest: 2 to 3 months.

Production in U.S.: No data, apparently none commercial.

Use: Leaves as pot herbs or occasionally as salad.

Part of plant consumed: Young leaves only.


Last update February 18, 1999 by ch