Borage which is also known as starflower, bee plant or bee bread is a culinary herb that is rather easy to establish from seed even in northern gardens.

The leaves and flowers of the plant are edible containing a taste similar to cucumber. In our household we use the flowers for a wide range of dishes ranging from rice to salad. Visually it is a nice way to enhance an otherwise bland serving and the flavor it provides is a nice surprise for the taste buds.

Borage has a fair share of vitamin C, a natural anti-oxidant, and vitamin A which is not only good for your skin and vision but is also believed to help the body protect against lung and oral cancers. Starflowers also contains an omega-6 fatty acid that helps with joint health and ones immunity.

As you can see there are a ton of health benefits associated with the leaves and flowers of this stunning plant. Aside from that it is also a beautiful addition to ones garden. Certainly worth a try if you are looking for something new in your dish and your soil.

Tobias Whitaker blogs for Mother Earth News and Grit Magazine. Click on the Mother Earth News logo at the bottom of the page for all of his post. You can also find him on Facebook at Seed To Harvest: Bossy Hen Homestead which is a central location for his homesteading blogs and his homeschooling blog, A Mile In Her Shoes: Tales Of A Stay-At Home Dad found here


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