‘having used organic borage very recently for some new recipes, I was given a box of fresh borage flowers by my friend Antida this week. Borage flowers are usually bright blue but you can find creamy white ones and pink ones too. Borage is also known as starflower because of the 5 pointed petals. A few years ago I went through a phase of using edible flowers in ice cubes but could not resist making them on tv this week’
Once you have picked the flowers and while they are very fresh, gently remove the stem. Be careful not to damage them. Place them in a bowl of water to make sure there are no insects. Fill up an ice cube tray with bottled or filtered water. I found that the best method is to place the flowers on top and push them down gently with your finger.
There are other methods to freeze half of the ice cubes and top with water once the flower freezes but doing it in one go produces more crystal clear ice cubes and is much quicker. When the ice cubes are completely frozen, add them to your drinks. The flowers are edible.
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I use organic borage from Barbuto. With thanks to Antida at Big Fresh Mosta for the borage flowers.