Friday, 9 July 2010

365/139: 08 July 2010: Borage…

…or borago officinalis as it prefers to be known in polite circles is a rather pretty blue flower with delightfully hairy stems which make for an interesting photo if you catch the light right. It originated in Syria, but now seems quite at home in the British isles. Apparently the leaves taste a bit like cucumber and it is widely used as a vegetable in some parts of continental Europe. According to Wikipedia the seed oil is is the highest known plant-based source (17-28%) of GLA 18:3, cis 6,9,12-octadecatrienoic acid – so now you know.


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