Tuesday, September 4, 2012


A few days ago I was walking past the old quince tree by the lagoon and spotted a tangle of bright blue flowers growing in the center of a marshy ravine.  Upon further investigation I discovered it was a giant patch of borage!  Borage is known for its indigo blue, star-shaped flowers that have a faint scent of cucumber or fresh oysters.  It is a cult culinary ingredient that can be found in prestigious restaurants and in the gardens of savvy cooks.  In addition to its alluring flavor, the plant is acclaimed for its medicinal properties.  In ancient times it was thought to promote bravery and given to gladiators and explorers. 

As summer draws to a close, I look forward to exploring more of the ranch in search of new culinary ingredients and inspiration. 

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