How to use the plant

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Plants with a purpose -

You can eat the leaves and stems of bor­age while the plant is young, be­fore the flow­ers form, but older leaves are tougher and de­velop prickly, un­palat­able hairs.

Very young leaves are re­fresh­ing in sal­ads, mixed with other salad greens, chopped finely into soups and stews, or added at the end of stir-fry­ing.

A com­bi­na­tion of young, chopped bor­age leaves cooked with sil­ver­beet or cab­bage in a 1:3 ra­tio with a lit­tle wa­ter and a knob of but­ter is sur­pris­ingly pleas­ant. The slight cu­cum­ber flavour of bor­age im­proves the taste of the other veg­eta­bles.

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