Real World Gardener Blue Borage in Spice it Up

March 28th, 2019


Borage: Borago officinalis

Summer’s over but some plants keep going to mid-winter.

Regarded as a herb, this next plant is not available in the herb and spice section of your supermarket.

You can find it in the herb section of some garden centres possibly.


Borage leaves and flowers: photo M Cannon

Perhaps you’ve grown it for the bright blue flowers and not really taken much notice of how else you can use this herb.

Let’s find out.

I'm talking with Ian Hemphill


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Borage leaves are rather hairy and don't look appetising at all.

Borage%2Bsoup.jpgYou may have never wondered about using the leaves in cooking before.

But now you know to eat the leaves of Borage. 

Just chop them finely into soups and sauces. 

Make a Borage and Potato soup

Ian recalls a soup his mother made that had potatoes, cauliflower and finely chopped Borage leaves.

  • Saute' a big handful of young finely chopped borage leaves in butter, add 500ml of light chicken stock and a peeled, chopped potato. Cook until potato is soft, then use a stick blender to blend until smooth. Adjust seasoning and serve with borage flowers.

Just delicious served cold on hot days.

  • Another tip is to freeze borage flowers in ice cubes. 

Then when served in drinks you have the beautiful and sweet borage flower any time you want.

Growing Borage:

The best time to sow though in many districts is Spring because it’s best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 25°C. 

The seeds germinate easily and once in your garden, will happily self sow.

But it's nor really weedy because the seedlings that emerge are quite soft and easy to pull out.

Borage seeds are also loved by chickens.

If you’ve never grown Borage before, now’s the time to start.

Not suitable for indoors but possibly OK in large pots as it’s a tall plant.

If you have any questions either for me or for Ian, drop us a line to or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

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