Borage

One of my favorite, favorite gardening books is the herb bible-
75 exceptional herbs for your garden by Jack Staub.  The illustration above is from the book and by Ellen Buchert.  The book is a blueprint for an herbalist’s eden.  Borage has been recognized for it’s medicinal benefits since 77AD…by many.

Here is a great link to a page all about herbs and uses, with recipes.  Here are two that stand out:

Borage Wine Cup
Makes about 2 litres
125ml brandy
30ml castor sugar
750ml bottle dry white wine
125ml orange juice
250ml crushed ice
750ml bottle pink champagne
250ml lemonade
250ml ginger ale
45ml chopped fresh borage leaves

  1. Blend brandy, sugar, wine, juice and ice until combined.
  2. Combine champagne, lemonade, ginger ale, borage and wine mixture in large bowl just before serving.
  3. Decorate with borage flowers.

Borage Jelly
A great spread with cream cheese and crackers.
6 cups of borage leaves and flowers parts soaked in a 4 cups of cold water overnight
drain
4 cups of borage infused water
4 ½ cups of sugar
1 tablespoon lemon
1 pack commercial pectin
a pinch of salt and red pepper

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