Borage and Bumbles

Borage is my all time favorite annual herb to grow! It is not only stunningly blue, with a mild cucumber taste, but it is my yearly gift to the bees. I can get lost in the moment, while daydreaming among the borage plants, observing and photographing the bees at work…

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Borage is an annual herb, with large rough leaves, hairy stems and bright blue, star-shaped flowers.  Occasionally, one might find a pink blossom nestled within the blues.  Borage self-seeds beautifully, so once it is planted, know that new gifts will emerge from the soil each spring.  I still plant new seeds yearly and enjoy the bonus plants that emerge from the previous year’s crop. Borage not only helps the bees, but protects other plants and vegetables from insect damage, thanks to its natural insecticidal properties.

There are a variety of  wonderful uses for borage.  Here are just a few…

  • The blossoms can be candied and used to decorate cakes and desserts.
  • Borage tea can help relieve colds and flu
  • Blossoms, frozen in ice cubes, make for a beautiful and decorative summer drinks.
  • Borage blossoms can be used to create blue vinegar.
  • Borage leaves can be used to create a emerald vinegar.
  • Borage blossoms and leaves are a beautiful addition to infused water.
  • Borage creates a wonderful tasting honey.
  • Borage leaves and blossoms are a wonderful addition to any salad.
  • Borage is high in calcium, potassium and iron.
  • Borage is a wonderful source of the essential fatty acid GLA.

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Borage Lemonade

  • 1/2 C young borage leaves
  • 1/4 C freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 C cold water
  • 2 T honey (feel free to add more if you would like more sweetness)
  • Borage flowers to garnish

Directions: Blend the borage leaves, lemon juice, water and honey until smooth.  Strain mixture into glasses.  Garnish each glass with a floating borage blossom. Enjoy!

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A hidden pink treasure…

The silence of a growing garden…isn’t it just a beautiful sound.

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda

16 thoughts on “Borage and Bumbles

  1. Beautiful pictures, Roda! My favourite is the first one with the bee! I didn’t know borage could be used in so many ways. I’d love to have some in my garden. I’m assuming it prefers a sunny location?

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  2. Yum!! Do you think borage would grow in Arizona? The temps get up to 122 in the summer, but from the fall to the spring around 75-85. I’m guessing they can’t grow, but thought I should ask! I had a borage plant before I moved, it didn’t seem to go to well. I guess I overwatered it. That lemonade literally sounds awesome!!! If I ever do (or if it can even live here) get one, I’m definetly making that!

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  3. Oh my gosh, I feel so stupid! I have seen this many times but thought it was a weed! I need to broaden my scope from just the routine culinary herbs obviously! Thanks for sharing (and educating!)

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