Kitchen star

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Plants with a purpose -

Bor­age flow­ers are handy in the kitchen be­cause they are such an eye-catch­ing gar­nish. They were thought by old herbal­ists ‘to drive away sor­row and com­fort the heart’ and they are in­deed very cheery. They look gor­geous in drinks, sal­ads, and even on cakes. Think bor­age lemon­ade, bor­age ice cubes, straw­berry-bor­age cock­tails, pre­serves and bor­age-jelly. Our great, great grand­moth­ers would have pre­served and candied them.

Young bor­age leaves have a mild, cool­ing, cu­cum­ber flavour and were a stan­dard in­gre­di­ent in cool tankards of wine and cider. In sum­mer drinks, such as fruit juices, they add a re­fresh­ingly cool note. Whole sprigs can be steeped in lemon drinks, white or red wine, cider, punches and claret cups.

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