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Blue borage seeds, also known as Borago officinalis, are small black or brown seeds derived from the blue borage plant. Blue borage is a hardy, annual herb that is native to the Mediterranean region and is widely cultivated for its edible leaves, flowers, and seeds.

Borage seeds contain various nutrients such as protein, iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C. They are also a good source of essential fatty acids, including gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties.

In traditional medicine, borage seeds and other parts of the plant have been used to treat a variety of conditions, including respiratory problems, digestive issues, and skin irritations. The seeds are also sometimes used as a natural remedy for PMS and menopausal symptoms.

Blue 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.

Overall, blue 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: Blue
  • 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.