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Herb Seeds - Borage

Developed by James Wong - Delicious, easy to grow and stunningly ornamental, this is the ideal multi-tasking veg for the gardener who wants it all. Sow: August-September. Harvest: August-October. Tastes like: Green melon, cucumber, runner beans.

In Britain borage’s cucumber-flavoured leaves and starry-blue flowers are usually confined to the herb gardens of stately homes. However on the Continent far from being a historical relic, its fresh, delicate taste with hints of green melon, makes it a common supermarket vegetable from Frankfurt to Crete. Delicious, easy to grow and stunningly ornamental, this is the ideal multi-tasking veg for the gardener who wants it all.

 

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Starry blue flowers on cucumber-flavoured leaves

Developed by James Wong - Delicious, easy to grow and stunningly ornamental, this is the ideal multi-tasking veg for the gardener who wants it all. Sow: August-September. Harvest: August-October. Tastes like: Green melon, cucumber, runner beans.

In Britain borage’s cucumber-flavoured leaves and starry-blue flowers are usually confined to the herb gardens of stately homes. However on the Continent far from being a historical relic, its fresh, delicate taste with hints of green melon, makes it a common supermarket vegetable from Frankfurt to Crete. Delicious, easy to grow and stunningly ornamental, this is the ideal multi-tasking veg for the gardener who wants it all.

 

Colour:Blue

Hardiness:0 degrees

Resistance to Disease:False

Seeds:True

Bulbs:False

Shrubs:False

Tree:False

Plants:False

Aftercare - Easy:True

Aftercare - Moderate:False

Aftercare - High:False

Scented:False

Height:71-80cm

Cut Flower:False

Edible Flower:False

Spread:41-50cm

Organic:False

Good For Dried Flowers:False

Drought Resistant:False

RHS Award of Garden Merit:False

Vegetables recommended by the NIAB:False

Award Winners in Fleuroselect Trials:False

Likes Acidic Soil:False

Containers:False

Hanging Baskets:False

Beds & Borders:True

Rockeries:False

Climbers:False

Greenhouse, Glass House or Home:True

Prefers Full Sun:False

Grows in Sun or Partial Shade:True

Grows in Sun or Shade:False

Partial or Full Shade:False

Shade:False

F1 Variety:False

Hardy Annual:False

Half Hardy Annual:False

Greenhouse Annual:False

Hardy Biennial:False

Greenhouse Biennial:False

Hardy Perennial:False

Tender Perennial:False

Half Hardy Perennial:False

Greenhouse Perennial:False

Shrub:False

Butterflies:False

Birds:False

Bees:False

Full growing instructions given on packet. Sow seeds in a row of fertile, well-drained soil 13mm (½") deep in a lightly-shaded, sheltered site. The cool environment and lack of bright light encourages soft, tender leaves especially when the resulting seedlings are spaced 20cm (8") apart. The key to borage is warmth then cold! Keep the plants well watered with a dilute nitrogen-rich fertiliser such as nettle liquid once a week and in around 8 weeks time you will have lush leafy plants with long, strappy, almost fuzz-free leaves. Harvest the plant before it flowers by slicing the whole plant down to the ground. If you are keen on harvesting the flowers too then plant one or two plants in a sunnier site or simply avoid harvesting one of your regular plants until a flower stalk erupts from the centre. Sowing: August-September. Cropping: 8 weeks.

EATING: With a clean, cucumber-melon flavour, the tender young stems and leaves of borage are a fantastic addition to salads, creamy dips and a fun twist on raita. Try them stirred into leek and potato soup, served cold as Vichyssoise, sautéed with peas and bacon or popped into crustless sandwiches instead of cucumber for high tea. The key to all these recipes is to lightly blanch the leaves first in a pot of simmering salted water for a minute or two, or by chopping them up extremely finely to break down any tiny hairs that may be left on the leaves.

The stunning blue, star-shaped flowers make a beautiful garnish on all of the above dishes, having a very similar flavour to the cucamelon. However, being so thin and light you would have to add several bowlfuls of them to make a significant contribution other than just a bit of botanical decoration. Try them frozen into the centre of ice cubes for summer cocktails or crystallised as a cake decoration.

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