I’ve loads of Borage plants on my allotment at the moment, the flowers are such a beautiful shade of blue that I wanted to bring them home and use them.
I’ve been freezing them in ice-cubes, they just make cool drinks look even more attractive during this heat-wave.
It’s pretty simple:
- I used boiled water that had cooled, this to make the ice-cubes clearer,
- snipped the stalks off the flowers, they seemed to position themselves better in the water
- nudged the flowers face-down into the ice-tray so they sank and popped the tray into the freezer.
A glass of Pimms or elderflower cordial is always so much nicer with plenty of ice, the tinkling of ice-cubes against glass is such a lovely, refreshing sound.
Borage is an annual plant that seeds it’s self around freely, so once you’ve got it, it’ll re-appear each year and you’ve pretty much got it forever. Bees love the flowers too, so it’ll attract them to your patch to pollinate other plants.
Here’s an earlier post about making elderflower cordial.
all images: Jill Anderson