Borage

Borage, (Borago officinalis) is an annual herb originating in Syria but naturalized throughout the Mediterranean region. The plant is bristly or hairy all over the stems and leaves.

Culinary use:
Borage production does include use as either a fresh vegetable or a dried herb. As a fresh vegetable, borage is often used in salads or as a garnish. The flower has a sweet honey-like taste and as one of the few truly blue-colored edible things it is often used to decorate dessert. Vegetable use of borage is common in Germany, Spain, Greece, Italy, and Poland.

Medicinal uses :
Naturopathic practitioners use borage for regulation of metabolism and the hormonal system, and consider it to be a good remedy for PMS and menopause symptoms, such as the hot flash. Borage is sometimes indicated to alleviate and heal colds, bronchitis, and respiratory infections, and in general for its anti-inflammatory and balsamic properties

Flavour :
Borage has a cucumber like taste. The leaves smell like onion.

Other names :
Starflower.

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