Borage Herb Cut & Sifted

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Borage is said to gladden the heart and to give courage. The dried leaf and bright blue flowers of borage are used to add a mild cucumber-like flavor to teas.

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approximate cups to one pound18
active compoundsintermedine and acetyl derivatives, mucilage, pyrrolizidine alkaloids (includes lycopsamine), tannins, supinine, amabiline, choline
plant part usedflowers, leaves, and seed oil
processingcut & sifted
why buy cut & sifted borage herb?borage has a pleasant flavor and scent

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in an airtight container away from direct light, heat and moisture.
appearance & aromaFuzzy, with a light, refreshing aroma.


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cosmeticCan be used to make infusions and infused oils for use in making soaps, body washes and other cosmetics.
culinaryLends a refreshing flavor to tea blends and to foods when used as seasoning.
aromaticAdd to potpourri mixtures.
industrialUsed as a flavoring agent in gin and as a natural food coloring.
safetyThis herb has potential toxicity if ingested in high doses or for long periods. Do not use at all during pregnancy or while nursing.

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cut & sifted
borage herb

Borage has a cucumber-like flavor.

As a flavoring in gin, it is combined with juniper, bitter orange and sage.


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what else you should know

cut & sifted
borage herb

Borage, also known as tailwort and starflower, is commonly eaten fresh as a salad herb and vegetable in Europe. While the leaf tastes a bit like cucumber, the flowers impart a honey-like flavor to foods and beverages when used as a garnish.

The herb is one of the key flavoring agents used in the production of London dry gin, most notably Gilpin's Westmorland Extra Dry Gin. In Italy, borage leaf is used as ravioli filling and in Germany to make a type of green salsa verde called Grüne Soße.

Cut and sifted borage consists of the leaf, flower and seed oil. The latter contains a significant amount of gamma-linolenic acid, a fatty acid and dietary supplement usually referred to as simply GLA. Borage leaf and flower contain thesinine, a non-toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloid that is responsible for the lovely blue color of the star-shaped flowers. This pigment is also used as a natural food coloring.

Background: Naturalized in Europe and grows wild in Mediterranean countries. Originated in Southern Spain and Morocco. Can be found in the United States, growing near homes and in gardens. Early nineteenth century Europeans boiled the tops and used the leaves in salads. The flowers were sometimes preserved and candied. Also used as an ingredient in drinks such as wine and cider. Grown in gardens as an herb and is used for its seed oil.

Description: Borage is an annual weed plant that is hairy and grows to approximately 1 ½ to 2 feet high. Borage is usually cultivated, but grows wild in Mediterranean countries. The stem is hollow and bristly as are the leaves. Some Borage leaves are oval and grow on the stem and branches while others are rosette-shaped. Borage’s flowers are blue and star-shaped and can be harvested from June to August.

Safety: Do not take Borage for a long period of time. Since pyrrolizide is toxic, you should consult your doctor about the safety of its consumption. 

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.