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Borage

Borage or starflower is referred to as a culinary and medicinal herb. Although it is referred to as herb, it is mainly grown as a vegetable. It is easy to grow and is a popular kitchen garden plant.

 

These plants are of an average height. The leaves and the flowers are both used for culinary purposes.

 

This herb has a refreshing flavour of cucumber and thus used in drinks as well as dishes. They are eaten raw as well. The plant is popular for its  delicate aroma.

 

Starflower is grown widely. It is available in most parts of Europe, and the Mediterranean and is used in numerous cuisines.

 

History of Borage Recipes

The herb has not only been popular for its culinary use but also for its medicinal properties. It is often referred to as the ‘herb of gladness’ and has been consumed since the Celtic period.

 

At present the plant is available globally and used widely.

 

Types of Starflower Plant

The main variation can be made based on the colour of this herb’s flowers, which are usually blue but white and lavender coloured flowers are found as well.

 

Cuisines Using Starflower Recipes

Borage is used in some of the tastiest cuisines. It is used in drinks across UK. As a vegetable, it is used in German, Spanish,  Italian and sometimes in Indian cuisines.

 

Preferable Cooking Methods of Starflower

The herb can be cooked in several ways. It can be steamed, blanched, boiled, sautéed, grilled, baked or candied. The leaves of this herb are cooked and used like spinach by many chefs. The flowers are not only used as an ingredient in salads and soups but also make excellent candied decorations for cakes. This ingredient is used as fillings for raviolis and also added to dishes for a refreshing cucumber like flavor.

 

Popular Borage Recipes

  • Mainly the flowers and leaves are used to make mouth-watering drinks and dishes. The most popular drink made with this herb’s leaves is Pimms. This refreshing drink contains the leaves.

 

  • Red, white and blue salad is a tasty and visually appealing salad made of the herb’s flowers, onions, tomatoes and cucumbers.

 

  • Borage ice is not a main dish in itself but is added to drinks for a minty refreshing taste. They add a cooling effect to the drinks with the  flowers trapped in the middle of the cubes.

 

  • The leaves make excellent fritters. They are crisp and  enjoyed warm with sauces.

 

  • Soup made of borage leaves and rice, cooked in chicken stock is a favourite dish in Britain.

 

  • The herb can be used to add flavours to all kinds of mocktails and cocktails. It is also good with the claret cup.

 

Nutritive Value of Starflower

Borage is low in calories and rich in vitamins and minerals. It has several medicinal uses. The leaves and flowers have uses as an antiseptic. It is also helpful in curing bronchitis, fever and inflammation.

 

Starflower Buying/Storing Tips

  • This herb is produced annually and is easily available in grocery shops and supermarkets.  It can also be grown in kitchen gardens.
  • The leaves and flowers can be kept fresh for a long time by drying  and storing in air tight containers.

 

Non- Food Uses of Borage recipes

The flowers are often used for decorations. The plant is also a good companion plant  for growing strawberries and tomatoes.

 

Trivia

Warriors of the Celtic age drank wine with borage flowers in the drink before battles, to give them courage.