Lovage is an excellent ingredient to add flavour or tang to your favourite soups, particularly those that contain potatoes, peas, beans and lentils. The herb and its derivative may also be used to spice up stews like chili, chicken pot pie, stir-fried vegetables and all favourite seafood cuisines. Addition of lovage to tasteless vegetables like summer squash adds flavour and savour to it.
You may chafe a salad bowl with lovage to give the crisp salad the essence and tang of fresh celery. However, there are a few things that need to be borne in the mind while adding lovage to different cuisines. Since the lovage leaves tend to be a little coarse, you always need to chop them up delicately. Similarly, stems of the lovage herb are generally fibrous and hence when you use them for preparing any cuisine, remember to do away with the stems before serving the dish. If you desire to eat the lovage leaf stalks raw like celery, don't forget to blanch them before consumption. Besides eating blanched lovage leaf stalks raw, you may also cover them with candy and use these to adorn cakes and desserts.
Even lovage seeds and roots are useful culinary items. Whole or grounded lovage seeds may be added to candy, meats, breads and aromatic crackers or biscuits. The lovage seeds are also useful for preparing pickles like capers. On the other hand, you may finely shred fresh lovage roots and add them in different salads or cook and serve them like any other tasty vegetable. However, remember to peel the outer skin of the roots before using them for they are pretty pungent to taste. Grated and dried lovage roots may also be consumed as an aromatic beverage. Steep 5 ml or one teaspoon finely shredded dry or fresh lovage roots in 250 ml or one cup of boiling water for a vigorous and stimulating tea.
Dan Boone wrote: it's my impression that if my plants survive the winter (which they should) they'll get a lot bigger next year -- some sites say they grow to five feet tall
Companion planting: Lovage helps to promote vigorous growth in potatoes or other root vegetables. Plant in small patches or as a border.
Anne Miller wrote:Any suggestions on starting lovage from seed. I tried using peat pellets, I germinated with a paper towel and it looked like it was starting to germinate so I planted it outdoors. No luck so I planted it again about a month ago. Maybe it is too hot here in 7b?