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Borage flower
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: (unplaced)
Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Borago
Species: B. officinalis
Binomial name
Borago officinalis

Borage, also known as starflower, is an annual herb.[1] 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.

Cooking[change | change source]

As a fresh vegetable, borage, with a cucumber like taste, is often used in salads or as a garnish.[2] 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.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Donald G. Barceloux (2008). Medical Toxicology of Natural Substances: Foods, Fungi, Medicinal Herbs, Plants, and Venomous Animals (Hardcover ed.). Wiley. p. 397. ISBN 047172761X.
  2. "Borage". Encyclopedia of spices. The Epicentre. 2009. Retrieved 2010-12-01.
  3. Borage Wildflower Finder