White Borage Flowers
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White Borage flowers grow on hollow stems that are covered in fine white hairs. The tiny flowers are star-shaped with five ivory white colored petals. From the center of the flower protrudes blackish brown anthers that form a cone shape. When fresh both the flower and leaves offer a mild herbal cucumber aroma with a flavor amazingly similar to raw oysters. Their texture is slightly chewy and succulent.
White Borage flowers are available in the spring and summer.
Borage is botanically classified as Borago officinalis and commonly known as Starflower, Bee Plant or Bee Bread. Both the white and purple varieties have a rich history in both the medicinal and culinary world. The flowers are commonly used as a garnish for baked goods or to flavor sweetened syrups. The leaves are also edible and often served as a side dish vegetable, especially in Italy.
Borage has very high levels of essential fatty acids including gamma linolenic acid, as well as calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, B and C Vitamins, and beta carotene.
Borage flowers can be added to fruit and green salads or used as an edible garnish on cakes, cold soups, ice cream and delicate pastries. Try adding to the brine when making pickles. Their refreshing flavor complements light summer beverages. Add whole flowers to lemonade, white wine sangria and spritzers or freeze flowers in ice cubes to add a colorful pop to lightly hued cocktails. White Borage flowers compliment dill, cilantro, chervil, parsley, mint, tarragon, lemon, oysters, yogurt, vinegar and feta cheese.
In 1597 the herbalist John Gerard wrote, “I, borage, always bring courage.” In ancient times, consumption of Borage was believed to instill bravery and happiness. In effort to increase courage Celtic warriors indulged in Borage wine before going into battle, knights of the medieval times were often given a drink made of Borage flowers before the crusades and it is said that Borage flowers were at times secretly added to the beverages of men by women hoping to encourage their male suitors to propose.
A native to northern Africa and Eurasia, the Borage flower prefers full sun or partial shade conditions and can thrive even in areas with poor soil quality. Borage flowers have been used for centuries for both their medicinal and culinary properties.
Recipes that include White Borage Flowers. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Grown to Cook||Edible Flower Canapés|
|Lavender and Lovage||Blue Cheese, Borage, and Chicken Salad|