Gol Gav Zaban (Borage Tea)

Gol-gav-zaban (Borage) is a herb that originally grows in Iran and a few Mediterranean countries of west Asia, and its dried blue and purple flowers are brewed the same way you brew tea leaves. The flower has a sweet honey-like taste and is one of the few truly blue-colored edible substances.

In Iran people make this tea to relieve colds, flu, bronchitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and kidney inflammation. It is believed to be warm in nature and alleviates symptoms that are caused by using food that is cold in nature such as cucumber and fish.


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Recipe type
Serves 2 People
Cook Time


  • 2 Tablespoons
    borage flower, Gol gav zaban
  • ¼ Teaspoons
    saffron dissolved in 1 tablespoon boiling water
  • 2
    rock candy (Nabat), or sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon
    lemon juice
  • water


  1. Place the borage flower or gol gav zaban in a teapot.

  2. Add saffron to the teapot.

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  3. Add boiling water and allow it to brew for at least 15 minutes on low heat. Then pour it in a cup and add lemon juice.

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  4. Serve hot with rock candy or sugar depending on your taste.

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6 reviews for Gol Gav Zaban (Borage Tea)

  1. Farnaz


    Very nice and informative

  2. Suzanne


    I had the tea in Iran long time ago, when i got the tea from store and made it was not what i had expected! so i decided to look it up….
    its completely informative with the visual aids ( how the tea should look like).

  3. Sohaila


    Excellent information.

  4. Jim Morrison


    I was given a bag of dried Borage from a lovely persian woman I recently met in Canada. She is the mother of my stepdaughter’s boyfriend.
    I’m sitting here at this very moment drinking a cup made by Your recipe and you are to be congratulated. It’s excellent

    • Marzie


      Hi Jim, Wow it makes me so delighted when I see these comments. Thanks :)

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  6. Mahmoud Bambouyani


    Thank you. It has been a long time. This is great information.

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