Only good fresh; its flavor vanishes as it dries.
Use the leaves wherever you want a cucumber flavor - fish sauces or white aspics.
It is traditional in some fruit punches and the choice blue star-like blooms are beautiful floated in punches and lemonades or used in food garnishes.
Young borage can be cooked like spinach.
Borago officinalis, which self-seeds, grows to 2-1/2 feet even in poor soil.
Boil for 10 minutes:
1-1/4 Cups sugar
1-1/4 cups water
2-1/2 cups strong hot tea
Cool the mixture. Add:
1 cup crushed pineapple
2-1/2 cups strawberry juice (or other non-citrus fruit juice)
Juice of 6 lemons
Juice of 7 oranges
Chill for 1 hour. Add sufficient water to make 4 quarts.
Immediately before serving add:
1 quart carbonated water
Pour over ice in a punch bowl.
Add Borage flowers as a garnish.
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