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Lovage is a tall (6′ or so), shade tolerant, perennial herb in the parsley family. The taste of lovage is a strong celery flavor that goes well in soups and stews. I also like it in chicken and tuna dishes and anywhere else you may want to add a celery-like flavor. Lovage can also be used fresh – it is great in salads including green salads, tuna salads, and potato salad. Use less lovage than you would celery. Lovage is easily frozen for later use.
Though plants may not be easy to find, lovage can be started from seed or found in online catalogs if not locally. Choose a spot with sun to part shade and plenty of room since the plants will reach 3′ or so in width. Adding compost to the soil when planting will improve the soil and add nutrients. Adding a cup or so of compost around the plant in the spring should be all the additional fertilizer needed. Last year was the first year my current lovage bloomed. Lady bugs appeared to feed and provide pest control for the rest of my garden.
Sorry I have not posted for awhile. I have been finishing an herb book which is now available for Kindle and hopefully soon for Nook.
Check out What About Herbs? and let me know what you think.
Please pass the link for the book for those you know who may be interested. Thanks!
Today, 5 November, I harvested vegetables and herbs from my garden for a salad. That is pretty remarkable in my zone 6 garden.
My salad contained home grown kale, beet greens, chard, lovage, green onions, miner’s lettuce, dandelion leaves, and most amazing – currant tomatoes.
This is the first year I have grown currant tomatoes. The flavor was fine though not spectacular. Due to their small size you have to pick many for them to be usable so I had not planned to grow them again. The weather has been cool enough that larger tomatoes struggle to ripen. The currants have continued to ripen though more slowly. I lost some squash to a freeze a couple weeks ago but everything else – including peppers and tomatoes – are still alive.
The cool season plants are doing great. It will be interesting to see how long I will be able to harvest this year. Maybe I will contribute a homegrown green salad to Thanksgiving dinner at my brother’s house.