Borage, from cultivation to properties, the use of oil and the recipes to enjoy it in the kitchen. All information, at 360 °, on theborage plant.
There borage it is a plant that can be grown almost all year round. It adapts well in all areas of our country, so much so that in many regions the boot grows spontaneously and is treated like weeds.
Borage, edible plant
Thereborage, botanically known asBorago officinalis, it is a plantediblemuch appreciated by our ancestors.
The leaves are arranged in a rosette, are 10-12 cm long and 5-6 cm wide. The shape is oval and they are bright green in color. Many people underestimate the goodness of the leaves of borage due to a thick down covering them. The adult plant sports a branched stem 50-60 cm high and grows in the shape of a stump. In some cases, the stem can even reach a height of 100 cm.
There cultivation of borage it is not a difficult job: the plant grows on any type of soil, resists drought and frost even if it prefers sunny locations.
How to grow borage in pots or in the garden
There borage it can be grown at different times of the year, sowing can be done in late winter, late summer, early spring or in the autumn months.
In the southern areas of Italy, if the temperatures are rather mild, the sowing it can also occur in the middle of winter.
Sowing must be preceded by the preparation of the soil: it will be enough to move it for the first 10-15 cm, perhaps with a rake. No fertilization should follow after sowing, especially if the borage it will be grown in a flower bed that previously housed vegetables.
The seeds of borage should be placed at a distance of 8 cm from each other and in rows 30 cm apart. If you wantgrow borage in pots, just take a pot with a diameter of 30 cm for each plant.
Irrigation should only be carried out in the event of prolonged drought as occurs in the summer. Weeds must be removed with a hoe, it will not be necessary to use particular pesticides because the speciesBorago officinalis it is not subject to diseases, it is resistant and rustic.
If you have noticed this plant in a park or in a friend's countryside, do not hesitate to start growing directly from the plant: the seeds of borage fallen from an adult plant, they will easily give life to small seedlings, it is possible to transplant them when they have developed 3 or 4 leaflets.
If you don't know where to find theborago officinalis seeds, you can contact an agricultural consortium or take advantage of the online sale: on Amazon a sachet of seeds ofborago officinalisyou buy at a price of 7.48 euros with shipping costs included in the price. For all information, I refer you to"This Amazon page".
Where to collect borage
There borage it is a rustic plant, resistant to drought and grows spontaneously especially in uncultivated land in coastal areas.
Recipes with borage
The leaves of the borage they are used in the kitchen for various recipes, today it is a forgotten edible plant but much appreciated by our peasant ancestors and in the cuisine of northern Italy: it was one of the basic ingredients of Ligurian regional cuisine.
To have some good recipe and find out how to cook borage I refer you to the pageBorage in the kitchen.
What does it taste like borage?
The taste of borage it is typically aromatic, somewhat reminiscent of cucumber. The leaves should be used after boiling, they can flavor soups or be the main ingredient of a nice borage and onion omelette! You can prepare stuffed with ravioli or paccheri (excellent pairing with sausage and provolone!) And much more.
In the photo above, a very simple recipe:boragetired,stir-friedand then paired with simple boiled potatoes.
Borago officinalis, property
Theproperty of borago officinalisthere are many, so much so that the oil extracted from this plant is widely used in cosmetics.
L'borago officinalis oilit is used in cosmetics (for topical use, for the treatment of eczema, acne, seborrheic dermatitis and skin disorders) and in herbal medicine. In herbal medicine, borage oil is used for internal use, to soothe the symptoms of PMS, improve concentration and relieve stress. Not only that, borage oil is rich in γ-linolenic acid, this substance, in our body, is converted intodihom-y-linolenic acid (dGLA), a precursor of a series 1 prostaglandin and a precursor of series 3 leukotrienes.
Thanks to the increase in diomo-γ-linolenic acid, the oil of borago officinalis seeds would be able to offer itself as a natural anti-inflammatory therapy in rheumatological diseases (inflammatory disorders, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, respiratory inflammation…). When it comes to natural remedies, it is important to emphasize that often the opinions of the scientific community can be conflicting, so it is always advisable to consult your doctor before embarking on any therapy.
For all information on where to buy the oil and the other effects or contraindications of borago officinalis oil, I refer you to the page: borage, properties.
In the photos on this page, in order of presentation:
- borage flowers
- recipe with borage and potatoes
- borage leaves, i.e. what the plant looks like at the end of flowering