The edible flowers are a particular feature of this dish and both nasturtium and borage can be grown in large pots outside in your yard or purchased at Meiers in the produce section.
Nasturtium is associated with the sun and with male strength--ideal for Lughnassad. Its Latin name tropaeoleum means "a trophy"; the flowers were said to represent the golden helmet of a Trojan warrior and the leaves his round shield.
Borage is also associated with warriors and was one of the magical herbs of the ancient Celts. Its name is possibly derived from borrach, the Celtic word for a courageous person. Borage was widely cultivated during medieval times.
There was a saying that "a garden without borage is like a heart without courage."
Borage Flowers are rich in omega fatty acid-rich oil.
Thishealing herb is to help people deal with everyday stress and exhaustion, and to nourish and balance the adrenal glands after the use of cortisone or steroids
Nasturtium contain vitamin(s) C, B1, B2, and B3. They also contain iron, calcium, phosphorus and manganese. The oils of the plant contain glucosinolates, carotenoids and flavionoids.All of these compounds have been shown to protect against carcinogenic agents.
It has also been used in the treatment of tuberculosis.
1 Tbspolive oil
1 1/2 ccooked fresh corn
1/2 cblack olives, pitted and sliced
1 largeapple diced
1 Tbspfinely chopped fresh herbs (basil, borage leaves, fennel)
1 pinchblack pepper
1/2 ccucumber diced
1 Tbspborage flowers
How to Make Lammas Salad
- Lightly toss all the ingredients in the olive oil, except the flowers. Pour into a bowl and decorate with the nasturtium flowers and sprinkle with the borage flowers (yes, they are edible!). The nasturtiums have a peppery taste rather reminiscent of watercress. This is a fairly strong-tasting salad, so it is best served with something bland like Lammas chicken