Borage, also known as starflower, is an annual herb. The flowers are perfect with five narrow, triangular-pointed petals. Flowers are most often blue in color, although pink flowers are sometimes examined. White flowered types are also grown.
As a fresh vegetable, borage, with a cucumber like taste, is often used in salads or as a garnish. The flower, which has the non-toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloid thesinine, has a sweet honey-like taste and as one of the few truly blue-colored eatable things, is often used to decorate dessert..
- Donald G. Barceloux (2008). Medical Toxicology of Natural Substances: Foods, Fungi, Medicinal Herbs, Plants, and Venomous Animals (Hardcover ed.). Wiley. p. 397. ISBN 047172761X. http://books.google.com/books?id=HWUzlp_V6uIC&pg=PA397&dq=Borage+syria&hl=en&ei=9t_OTPvkDZDqObPr5dcB&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCwQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Borage%20syria&f=false.
- "Borage". Encyclopedia of spices. The Epicentre. 2009. http://www.theepicentre.com/Spices/borage.html. Retrieved 2010-12-01.
- Borage Wildflower Finder