Scientific Name: Borago officinalis
Plant Characteristics: This annual herb is native to the Mediterranean region. Its flowers, usually blue but sometimes pink or white, bloom from June to October.
Culinary: Fresh Borage flowers were used as decorations in drinks.
Medicinal: From ancient through colonial times, the edible leaves were used to support feelings of health and courage. An “infusion” of Borage flowers were used to treat fevers, bronchitis, and diarrhea. Today, the plant is commercially cultivated for Borage seed oil, which has many health properties.