From the National Non-Food Crops Centre, this factsheet looks at the crop Borago officinalis. This crop has been grown in the UK for a number of years as a high value, speciality oil crop.
Similar to evening primrose, borage is recognised as a key source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), contained in the seed oil. Borage oil is widely marketed as a health food supplement or in skin care creams and cosmetics.
The factsheet describes how borage is produced and harvested, illustrating how a plant can produce a useful product and reduce the need for synthetic routes.
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