Borage

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Description

Borage is an annual flower with attractive sky blue flowers which are ideal for salads.  The plant self – seeds freely and thus  it only need to sow it once and you’ll have it forever.

Sowing: 

From March to June.

Sow one seed per module and plant out 4 weeks later.  Alternatively sow direct.

Spacing:

20cm x20cm

Approx. seed count: 30

In the early part of the nineteenth century, the young tops of Borage were still sometimes boiled as a pot-herb, and the young leaves were formerly considered good in salads.

The fresh herb has a cucumber-like fragrance.  When steeped in water, it imparts a coolness to it and a faint cucumber flavour.  And compounded with lemon and sugar in wine, and water, it makes a refreshing and restorative summer drink.

Our great grandmothers preserved the flowers and candied them.

In all the countries bordering the Mediterranean, where it is plentiful, it is spelt with a double ‘r’.  So the word may be derived from the Italian borra, French bourra, signifying hair or wool, words which in their turn are derived from the Low Latin burra, a flock of wool.  This is in reference to the thick covering of short hairs which clothes the whole plant.

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Have a look at the Irish Garden magazine:

https://www.garden.ie/

 

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