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  The crop
that empowered Roman soldiers and
knights in battle
Caroline Fardell learns about borage, the blue flower you can see in our summer landscapes
Long ago Romans preparing for battle would recite Ego, borago, gaudia semper ago (I, borage, always bring courage). They were talking about a blue flower embroidered onto tunics in the belief it
would protect them in their endeavours. Meanwhile, medieval knights quaffed borage in
their stirrup cups before riding into battle.
It seems that borage (borago officinalis), which
originates from the Middle East, is something of a wonder plant. You may have noticed it growing as a crop in farmland this past month or so, cutting a cool blue swathe through the green and gold of the beans and barley. ‘
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