|Family name: Boraginaceae|
Genus and Species: Borago officianalis
Common Name: Borage
Growing Conditions: well drained moist soil in full sun; does not transplant well; deters the tomato hornworm and Japanese beettles and is useful to plant near tomatoes and strawberries
Propagation: self seeds readily
Parts used: leaves, flowers, seeds, oil
Harvest: leaves and flowers in spring and summer
Preparation: leaves are used fresh or dried; flowers are picked as they open and calyx is taken off before using; I freeze the flowers in ice cubes. A trick to get any flower in the middle of the ice cube is to freeze the flower in one half of the cube trays and then when the half is frozen, add more water to the top and freeze. The flower doesnŐt float to the top that way. The leaves give a cucumber flavour and the flowers can be used as a garnish in salads or in ice cubes to be added to herb iced teas or fruit drinks.