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6 Less Common Herbs & Spices for the Kitchen

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2. Borage.

What It Is: Borage is more commonly grown for its beautiful flowers, but the plant makes a great culinary herb as well. The leaves and flowers have a cucumber-y flavor.

Use: Borage adds a refreshing note to salads, and soups. In Italy, borage is a traditional filling for pastas. It was also the original herb used to garnish a Pimm’s Cup.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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6:25AM PDT on Aug 5, 2015

Thanks for the info. Reinforces the concept that food is preventive medicine.

5:03AM PDT on Jun 7, 2015


5:18PM PDT on Jun 17, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

3:11AM PST on Feb 28, 2014

Thanks, will have to find more of them.

8:23AM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

good ideas

1:12AM PDT on Jul 11, 2013


8:41AM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

I love sorrel, it's delicious, and really easy to grow. Please google "Potage Germiny" or "Cream of Sorrel soup", and you'll find an awesome recipe for this lovely herb. But, be sure to pick it before it starts growing flower stems, as the plant then gets tougher and stringy.

10:17PM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

Interesting herbs, thanks for info.

3:47PM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

Cool, thanks.

12:08PM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

interesting! now where can you find these lovely herbs?

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