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Lovage taste test


I started a variety of perennial herbs from seed last year and my only failure was lovage. Luckily Mom had better luck with the seedling I passed on when I ran out of room in my own garden.

She brought me a sprig of the mature herb to try out this past week, and I was surprised to find how very celery-like the flavor was. I'd been assuming lovage would taste more like parsley. Instead, the milder flavor meant I should have added more to my tuna-patty test case.

Overally, a tasty treat. I'll definitely have to get more serious about adding this perennial herb to our garden!

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Lovage is great in chicken soup!
Comment by Jim Sun Jul 31 16:37:43 2016
I have a lovage plant - it came with my house! We've been here 2 years now and I still haven't harvested any of it, because I have no idea what to do with it. All I find on the internet is it "tastes like celery but stronger" and that doesn't inspire me to play with it. Looking forward to more lovage posts. :)
Comment by Becky Tue Aug 2 12:27:13 2016

I planted two lovage from seed a few years ago. They turned into monsters after two years; they shoot out faster in spring from the ground than anything except maybe japanese knotweed, then get taller than me and attract lots of bees with their flowers. This year they also attracted so many black aphids you could hardly see the green of the plant under the bugs.

I think pretty much the only two things we use it for are for flavoring soup or stock, and my kids like cutting and using the hollow stalks for straws. The mother of a friend of my wife's says she cuts straws from her lovage for her friends when they visit, the better to drink tomato juice with. The celery taste of the lovage goes well with the tomato juice apparently.

Comment by Holly Gates Wed Aug 24 12:04:19 2016

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