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Borage (琉璃苣)


  • Brand: KNOWN-YOU

  • About 100 seeds per package

SKU: H-100
$2.50
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BorageBorage, (Borago officinalis), also known as a starflower, is an annual herb originating in Syria, but naturalized throughout the Mediterranean region, as well as Asia Minor, Europe, North Africa, and South America. It grows to a height of 60–100 cm (2.0–3.3 ft), and is bristly or hairy all over the stems and leaves; the leaves are alternate, simple, and 5–15 cm (2.0–5.9 in) long. The flowers are complete, perfect with five narrow, triangular-pointed petals. Flowers are most often blue in color, although pink flowers are sometimes observed. White flowered types are also cultivated. The flowers arise along scorpiod cymes to form large floral displays with multiple flowers blooming simultaneously, suggesting that borage has a high degree of geitonogamy. It has an indeterminate growth habit which may lead to prolific spreading. In milder climates, borage will bloom continuously for most of the year.

As a fresh vegetable, borage, with a cucumber like taste, is often used in salads or as a garnish. The flower, which contains the non-toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloid thesinine has a sweet honey-like taste and as one of the few truly blue-colored edible things is often used to decorate dessert. It is notable that the leaves have been found to contain small amounts (10 ppm of dried herb) of the liver-toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids: intermedine, lycopsamine, amabiline and supinine. The levels are extremely low (2-10ppm). Leaves contain mainly the non toxic lycopsamine also amabiline and the non toxic saturates PA thesinine (the only alkaloid found in seed seed contained thesinine and amabiline in a ratio of 10:1. No alkaloids have been found so far in seed oil.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borage

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