Borage probably originated in Asian Minor or in the northeastern Mediterranean basin.
It was used as a stimulant for Roman legionaries: they were given wine aromatized with borage flowers and leaves before being sent into battle.
It gained a reputation for being an aphrodisiac in the Middle Ages, although this was never subsequently verified. This reputation still lives on in Poland and the Ukraine.
Borage has long been used as a vegetable. It was widely cultivated for this purpose in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Fresh borage: The small leaves are the most tender and flavorsome.
Borage oil: this is made from the seeds and is particularly rich in essential fatty acids. It is mainly used by the cosmetic industry, but also in cooking.
Borage leaves are found fresh and frozen.
Fresh: borage leaves can be kept in the refrigerator for 2–3 days wrapped in paper towel or a damp cloth.
Borage has long been used as a depurative mdicinal plant.
A number of properties have been attributed to it, such as the ability to treat depression and be a remedy for hangover, but none have ever been scientifically proven.
However, this plant contains alkaloids, which, if frequently taken in large doses (such as in infusions) can be harmful.
There are two varieties of borage – one has blue flowers, and the other has white flowers.
However, the flavor of their leaves, similar to that of cucumber, is the same.
Both varieties grow throughout all temperate countries because it is a plant that loves heat.
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