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Borage (Borago officinalis)

Borage is an annual that is native to Europe and the Middle East. Plants are large and sprawling, and the leaves are covered with bristly hairs. The blue, star-shaped flowers hang downward and are edible. Fresh flowers can be used as a garnish or tossed into salads. Candied flowers are beautiful decorations for cakes and other desserts. Young borage leaves can be cooked like spinach and taste like cucumber. Borage is also known as bee’s bread because honey bees love the nectar.

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