Completely new to the world of herbs? Lovage is not a well know herb in my neck of the woods. It’s also not native to Canada, but comes from Europe, where it has long been cultivated as a perennial herb.
The roots of lovage are used as a vegetable, the seeds as a spice, and the leaves as a tea or vegetable. I received a root cutting from a generous neighbor of mine, and I am looking forwards to using this useful herb.
Lovage smells and tastes very similar to celery. The leaves of it also look a lot like celery leaves.
It’s a perennial plant that is deer resistant and very easy to grow. Plant it in full sunlight and rich soil.
Lovage is a hardy plant that can withstand our harsh winters, and in summer produces pretty yellow flowers. Relatives of this herb are carrots, dill, celery, and parsley.
What to Do With Lovage
So you know that it is a great plant to have in your perennial garden, but the question remains what to do with lovage?
You can cook it.
You can use it for teas
You can eat it fresh as a vegetable.
Best Uses For Lovage
Urinary tract infection
Clogged milk ducts (aka milk fever)
Use the leaves to make a tea, add to salads, or to soups. Lovage works a bit like water pills, so don’t use if you have kidney problems.
What Does Lovage Taste Like?
Lovage smells and tastes a lot like celery.
If you have used Lovage, let me know what you had from results, and how you use it in the comments below.