If you love cucumber, but your tummy doesn’t, try the companion herb that has a cucumber flavor: Borage.
This sun-loving annual or biennial (depending upon the climate) grows so vigorously that, at maturity, it may need staking. Its star-shaped blue flowers are sometimes candied and bees love borage. I like to harvest borage leaves fairly quickly, even before flowering, when the leaves are young and tender. Make successive plantings to carry you through fall.
Borage contains vitamins A, C, iron, and copper. It is anti-inflammatory, as well.
BUFFET ANTIPASTO SALAD
Need a stunning, yet easy salad for that celebratory buffet? May is a month jam packed with weddings, showers and graduations. Here’s the perfect salad to make, and its totable, too!
(Pick up a couple 4” pots of our mixed salad greens. Natorps has a wonderful variety. The nice thing about these salad greens is that you can cut them back and they will grow again, giving you fresh salad greens all season!)
Salad – Place on platter:
Layer on large platter
Marinated Mozzarella balls cut into quarters
Assorted pitted olives or your choice – a combo of black and green are nice
Red pepper slices, julienned
Small borage leaves, chopped (can substitute chopped cucumber)
Sliced or diced tomatoes
Thinly sliced red onion
Ceci beans, drained
Shower of fresh parsley, basil
Gilding the lily: Add chopped Proscuitto on top to include more protein
Shake together in a jar:
1/4 cup good quality Balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon Italian herb blend
Dash salt and pepper
Making Cincinnati Gardening Simple and Delicious!