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White borage seeds are small, white or brown seeds derived from the white-flowered variant of the borage plant, which is also known as Borago officinalis 'Alba'. White borage is a variety of borage that has white or pale blue flowers instead of the more common blue flowers.

Like the blue borage seeds, white borage seeds are a good source of essential fatty acids, including gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties. They are also a good source of protein, iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C.

White borage seeds can be consumed in a variety of ways. They can be ground into a powder and used as a seasoning or supplement, or steeped in hot water to create a tea. The seeds can also be pressed to extract the oil, which can be used for cooking or as a supplement.

In traditional medicine, borage and its seeds have been used to treat a variety of conditions, including respiratory problems, digestive issues, and skin irritations. Some studies have also suggested that borage seed oil may have potential benefits for conditions such as eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, and menopausal symptoms.

Overall, white borage seeds are a nutritious and versatile ingredient that may offer several potential health benefits. They can be used in a variety of ways to add flavor and nutrition to dishes, and may be particularly beneficial for their anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing properties.

Herb Specifications

  • Season: Annual
  • USDA Zones: 3 - 9
  • Height: 24 inches
  • Bloom Season: Summer
  • Bloom Color: White
  • Environment: Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil Type: Rich, well-drained, pH 6.6 - 7.3
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Latin Name: Borago Officinalis

Planting Directions

  • Temperature: 70F
  • Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days
  • Light Required: Yes
  • Depth: 1/8 inch
  • Sowing Rate: 5 - 6 seeds per plant
  • Moisture: Keep moist until germination
  • Plant Spacing: Rows 24 inches a part; thin seedlings 8 - 10 inches

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The herbal information on this web site is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information on this web site is not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Please see a medical professional about any health concerns you have and before beginning any herbal regimen.