Lovage – A fun herb

A friend from work (Karen) has lots of herbs that are growing on a hill in her back yard.  She brought in some chives, oregano and lovage to share with everyone.  I had never heard of lovage before she introduced me to it.  It is similar to celery.  The plant has a hollow stem and the leaves look like large celery leaves.  I used all the herbs she gave me in cooking, salads and on a pizza. June 8 2014 007 They were delicious!

Here is how Wikipedia suggests we use lovage;

“The leaves can be used in salads, or to make soup or season broths, and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable or grated for use in salads. Its flavor and smell is somewhat similar to celery. Lovage tea can be applied to wounds as an antiseptic, or drunk to stimulate digestion. The seeds can be used as a spice, similar to fennel seeds. In the UK, an alcoholic lovage cordial is traditionally mixed with brandy in the ratio of 2:1 as a winter drink.  In Romania, the leaves are the preferred seasoning for the various locan broths, much more so than parsley or dill.”

Karen mentioned that I should make a Bloody Mary and use the hollow stem as a straw.  Well, I just couldn’t resist! June 8 2014 018  Would you?

 

Thanks for sharing Karen.  Anytime you want to unload some herbs from your hilly garden, I will gladly take them off of your hands.  They were awesome, especially the lovage.   June 8 2014 019

 

 

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