Lovage (Levisticum officinale) is a tall perennial plant in the family Apiaceae.
The exact native range is disputed. Some sources cite it as native to much of Europe and southwestern Asia.
It has been long cultivated in Europe, the leaves being used as a herb, the roots as a vegetable, and the seeds as a spice, especially in southern European cuisine
Culinary uses :
The leaves can be used in salads, or to make soup, and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable or grated for use in salads. The seeds can be used as a spice, similar to fennel seeds. lovage is eaten cooked or raw. The leaves are used in soups, stocks, flavoured vinegars, pickles, stews, and salads. In Italy, lovage is used with oregano and garlic for tomato sauces. The seeds are sprinkled over salads and mashed potatoes and are crushed for breads, pastries, biscuits, and cheeses. The stems and stalks are chopped for use in sauces and stews,
Medicinal uses :
Lovage tea can be applied to wounds as an antiseptic, or drunk to stimulate digestion. It was also taken to treat poor circulation and menstrual irregularities.
It has a taste like celery.
Other names :
Old English lovage.