Borage is a gangling plant which has vibrant star shaped flowers. They are pink in the beginning which turns to a true blue that hangs facing downward as clusters. The fuzzy buds which are white are also attractive. The flowers and leaves are consumable which possess the flavor of a cucumber.
||Mediterranean region, today it is extensively cultivated all over North America and Europe.
||Burrage, star flower, common bugloss, bee plant, beebread
|Name in Other Languages
Estonian: harilik kurgirohi;
Polish: Ogorecznik lekarski;
|Plant Growth Habit
||Herbaceous annual, fast growing, aggressive
||Well drained, moist
||Height: 2 feet; Width: 2½ feet
||Erect, vertically grooved, hollow; Height: 1 1/2 feet
||Alternate, margined, ellipsoid-ovate, deep green, pubescent or hairy; Length: 3-10 cm
||Star shaped, blue, sometimes white or pink
|Nut shape & size
||Elongate-ovate, keeled ; Length: 7-10 mm
||Dark brown or black, warty, rough
- Common borage
- Creeping borage
|Major Nutritions (Raw)
||Iron, Fe 2.94 mg (36.75%)
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) 31.2 mg (34.67%)
Vitamin A, RAE 187 µg (26.71%)
Manganese, Mn 0.311 mg (13.52%)
Copper, Cu 0.116 mg (12.89%)
Magnesium, Mg 46 mg (10.95%)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.134 mg (10.31%)
Potassium, K 418 mg (8.89%)
Calcium, Ca 83 mg (8.30%)
Phosphorus, P 47 mg (6.71%)
- Respiratory health
- Skin conditions
- Omega 6
- Vitamin A and C
- Prevent cancer
- Reduce anxiety
- Kidney ailments
- Reduce fever
- Relieves bowel syndrome
- Reduce arthritis
|Calories in 1 cup (1″ pieces), 89 g Raw
- The oil of Borage is used as sequestering agent and astringent.
- Borage is used in folk medicine to treat coughs, throat illnesses, bladder and kidney disorders and rheumatism.
- Borage is regarded to possess demulcent, emollient and diuretic properties.
- Borage is used to treat the health ailments such as depression, fevers and coughs.
- Borage is used in to treat gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and respiratory disorders, cardiovascular and urinary disorders.
- The poultice made from leaves helps to calm inflammations.
- In Latin America, the borage tea is used to treat lung problems.
- The emollient properties help to soothe the sore as well as inflamed skin.
- Flowers are used to promote sweat.
- The leaves infusion is used a stress tonic, depression and mental exhaustion.
- Borage possesses anti-inflammatory properties which help to treat the infections.
- In the past, it was believed to be a skin emollient.
- Compresses and poultice made from borage helps to ease injured skin.
- The use of Borage oil helps to rejuvenate the facial skin.
- The pregnant or lactating mothers should consult before using Borage.
- The oil extracted from Borage may lead to bloating, indigestion, nausea and headache in some individuals.
- It should not be used for long time internally because it possesses alkaloids which can cause liver damage.
- Borage oil may extend bleeding and increases the chances of bruising.
|How to Eat
- Flowers and leaves are used to make season soups, tea, salads and wines.
- The flowers are used to decorate cakes or make sweet syrups.
- In Italy, it is prepared as a side dish.
- Flowers to add to wines which provide a flavor of cucumber.
- Frozen flowers in ice are used to make cool drinks.
- The boiled potatoes could be rolled in butter and chopped Borage leaves could be scattered with few flowers.
- Some varieties of Borage bear pink or white flowers.
- Borage flowers possess sweet and honey like taste.
- Borage is mostly used in the Mediterranean cuisines.
- In ancient Rome, Borage wine was provided to the soldiers in order to strengthen soldiers before the battle.