The Greenhouse,

is about growing matters, focusing on my greenhouse and potager. I grow mainly vegetables, herbs and spices but flowers have their given place too. From seed to table, this is the nursery for my living food, we cook a lot of delicious food and I say a potager is the cook’s best friend. The greenhouse makes it possible to grow essential, colourful, warmth loving fruit and vegetables even in this climate such as tomatoes and chillies. My main blog is Tyras Trädgård/Tyra's Garden. View my profile


Borage - a Medicinal Herb in the Kitchen Garden

This post 'Borage' was originally uploaded by Tyra in the blog The Greenhouse in Tyra's Garden

Borage - Borago officinalis it was probably one of the first medicinal plant I planted in my potager, I think the reason was it is so easy to grow and also because it has such beautiful flowers. The leaves are rich in both potassium and calcium, they have a bit salty cucumber flavour which I think is a very pleasant taste . I think it is for that reason that it’s called ‘gurkört’ (cucumber-herb) in Swedish. The leaves are a bit 'downy' (is that the correct word? hairy) I do not really like that, but if you chop up the young leave they can be useful in all sorts of fresh cooking, a 'bit more green' tzatziki, for example, if you use them in warm cooking the hairiness disappears. I use the beautiful blue flowers from Borage in salads, or just sprinkle some as decoration on all kind of food like cakes, cream cheese or drinks.

The Borage, in my garden anyway, are all self sown, but is not a problematic weed, they are easy to manage. I have actually never bought any seeds and that I like. There are some others in my garden that also likes the Borage and those are the birds and the bees and you know we have to look after and care for our small friends especially the bees.

For medicinal uses: Borago officinalis - Plants For A Future

Borage - Borago officinalis at MMS Gardens - Hortus Medicus

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