We are searching data for your request:
Forums and discussions:
Manuals and reference books:
Data from registers:
Upon completion, a link will appear to access the found materials.
Borago officinalis, commonly known as borage, is a very rustic, perennial herbaceous plant native to central and southern Europe.
This particular variety of aromatic plant produces long fleshy stems, 15-30 cm high, very branched, and large dark green, pointed wrinkled leaves; stems and leaves are entirely covered by a thick whitish hair.
In summer the borage produces small flowers with five petals of intense blue color, gathered in clusters, followed by dark berries containing numerous seeds. Leaves and flowers of Borago officinalis are used fresh in salads, more often the leaves are cooked, since the down which covers them can be annoying for the palate. The borage plant is also used to flavor teas and infusions, and also to prepare liqueurs. The parts to be used are usually harvested in spring and summer, a period in which we can also proceed with the candying of the flowers which are then kept for months.
As far as the best exposure of the Borago officinalis plants is concerned, it is good to know that the borage likes sunny positions, but it develops without problems even in semi-shaded areas, being a hardy and rustic plant, which can easily grow in any environment.
It does not fear the cold and is completely rustic in Italy, even if it has a fairly short life.
The plants belonging to the Borago officinalis variety grow without problems in any type of soil, preferring slightly calcareous substrates and loose and well-drained soils.
This plant can also be grown in pots; in this case, it is good to prepare a substrate in which the draining material is mixed with sand or expanded clay placed on the bottom, so as to be certain that the soil guarantees the correct water drainage.
The multiplication of the borage takes place by seed, in spring, or by the division of the roots of roots. The well developed plants usually self-seed, so every spring there will be new plants; to have a more compact development of the stems it is advisable to trim the plant when it has reached 15-20 cm in height.
To obtain good results it is good to know that the plants of Borago officinalis do not like transplanting very well, so it is good to proceed with sowing directly into the soil or in the pot intended for cultivation. Their development is rather rapid and it is very easy to cultivate this variety of plant.
Borage - Borago officinalis: Use of borage
This kind of plant is commonly used in the kitchen to create great foods. its leaves, after boiling, can be fried with batter, or are used as a filling for ravioli.
The leaves are eaten fresh and collected in spring, after flowering, the smaller leaves are harvested. Flowers can also be used. The flavor of the leaves is reminiscent of cucumber.
Borago officinalis is also used for making omelettes, soups or seasoned as a cooked vegetable.
For the ancient Romans this plant represented an excellent remedy against melancholy.