love the lovage

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with a flavor very similar to celery, the herb lovage is well loved in my garden.  this is one of the few herbs that may grow up to four or five feet tall.  surviving in full sun or even light shade, lovage is often used in the herb garden as a background plant, because of the nice leafy character and of course, the height.  

over the past few years, i have enjoyed lovage in cooking soups and even salads.  i mainly substitute in the herb for celery leaves, most often in asian soups. if lovage is tall enough, it will flower, and the stems and flowers are not edible. some references will say that once the lovage has flowered, the leaflets become bitter. my plant has not grown tall enough to flower in my garden.

over the years, i have heard this herb called love parsley.  the leaflets are very similar to parsley  and the plant produces pale green groupings of three beginning each spring.

lovage is a perennial herb, and has done well for me even in the coldest Michigan winters.  i usually trim back the foliage and use shredded leaves to cover my entire herb garden like a blanket for the winter months.

 

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  1. sarasinart says:

    So few people seem to know about lovage, and I enjoyed reading your post. Mine is quite old, 7 or 8 years, and goes to flower every year, but I break the flowers off. I love it that you can throw a big stalk into the soup pot and it will stay together in simmering, so you can pull it out whole then if you don’t want to just eat it. I have also put a few stalks between the veggies in a pot roast being done in the oven. I wrote a blog about it myself a couple months ago in trying to make more people aware of this interesting herb. Did you know that the celery seeds you get in bottles at the store are actually the seeds of lovage? Very interesting plant!

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