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Borage Starflower Beebread Borago Officinalis Seeds
Packet of 25+ freshly harvested seeds!
Fantastic little plant this one, quite similar in appearance to comfrey.
Great for repelling pest insects like caterpillars and cutworms, attracting the good pollinators, and said to increase the vigour of nearby plants and increasing resistance to disease.
It adds trace elements to the soil and is a companion plant for tomatoes, strawberries and the cucurbita family.
Great for composts and mulching and as it is super hardy and sets seed so prolifically, it can be used the same as you would comfrey, yet with half the water!
Now this is where it gets really cool!!!
Not only is it a great companion plant, it adds nutrition to your soil, it can survive the dry times and still be productive.
It makes a great salad! Seriously! Tastes like a mild cucumber x spinach.
The pretty blue flowers taste and look great in a salad. The leaves are handy as a leafy green and they taste pretty good too I must say!
Surprisingly good, for such an underutilized herb!
It has the highest known plant source of gamma-linolenic acid (an Omega 6 fatty acid, also known as GLA) and it is often marketed as a “GLA supplement”. That’s not all, it’s a great source of B vitamins, beta-carotene, fiber, choline, and just about all the trace minerals.
“Vegetable use of borage is common in Germany, in the Spanish regions of Aragón and Navarra, in the Greek island of Crete and in the northern Italian region of Liguria. Although often used in soups, one of the better known German borage recipes is the Green Sauce (Grüne Soße) made in Frankfurt. In Italian Liguria, borage is commonly used as a filling of the traditional pasta ravioli and pansot.
In Iran people make a tea to relieve colds, flu, bronchitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and kidney inflammation. It is said to be warm in nature and alleviates symptoms that are caused by using food that is cold in nature such as cucumber and fish. People with heart problems can benefit using the borage tea, since it promotes reaching more oxygen to the heart, that’s why one should use this herb in moderate amounts.
Naturopathic practitioners use borage for regulation of metabolism and the hormonal system, and consider it to be a good remedy for PMS and menopause symptoms such as the hot flash. The flowers can be prepared in infusion.
It is also said to be a good companion plant to tomatoes because it confuses the search image of the mother moths of tomato hornworms or manduca looking for a place to lay their eggs.”
Well there you have it, another undervalued beauty!
Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!