Lovage (Levisticum officinalis)

Lovage is a hardy perennial that grows between 1 and 2.5 m in height. The stems and foliage die back in winter, but the roots will sprout new growth in spring for about 15 years. It is very aromatic and is mainly used in cooking.

Finely chop young leaves or use whole growing tips in soups, stews and sauces. It also goes very well with cheeses.

As a tea it helps against spasms and is an expectorant that loosens mucus. It is a very good digestive and diuretic.

Leaves and stems can be dried or frozen, as well as pickled in oil and vinegar.

Try my recipe for barley stew with lovage!


How to grow lovage
Temperature Hardy perennial
Light Sunny, will tolerate half-shade
Water Plenty
Soil deep, nutritious soil
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