July 15, 2014
Borage blossoms (flor de la borraja) are little blue blossoms that are edible. They are blue flowers with fine white hairs, five petals, and black anthers. A white-petaled cultivar also exists.
Some label borage as flor de la felicidad (Spanish: flower of happiness) for its mood elevating effects. From Specialty Produce:
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.
Borage has be cultivated for hundreds of years in Europe and the Middle East for culinary and medicinal purposes. It is also companion planted with tomatoes, legumes, strawberries, spinach, and cole crops (Brussesls sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, etc.).
This one came from Proyecto Gaia near Santa Sofia near Villa de Leyva in Colombia.
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