Thursday, February 24, 2011

Borage in Bloom

This is a photo from my garden of a borage bloom. In all honesty the flower is much smaller than it appears in this photo. The vivid blue color is true to life though. Borage is an herb. I planted the seeds for mine in the Fall and they've survived all winter and are large plants now. The bees love them.

Apparently both the leaves and flowers are edible and taste like cucumbers. I cannot imagine anyone wanting to eat the leaves though because they are so hairy. The blooms make nice garnishes. Others have suggested candying them in sugar for decorations on desserts or freezing them in ice cubes for a touch of fanciness. I plan on trying a few of these suggestions soon.