I can't tell you how many times I've bought a bunch of celery because I need just a couple of stalks, then the rest wilts in the back of the refrigerator. If you're like me, you might want to consider growing lovage in your garden. It is easy to grow and it self-seeds, so once you plant it once, as long as you let it go to seed, you'll have it for years. Let's learn more about this nearly forgotten plant.
Try lovage leaves:
- In a green salad. Young leaves are more tender and mild. Use just a few handfuls in a large green salad to add a bit of bite.
- Add to soups, stews and sauces.
- Chop and add to tuna salad, egg salad or potato salad.
- Finely mince and make a compound butter to melt on fish.
- Use dried lovage leaves to make an herbal tea.
Use lovage stems
- Chop and add to soups and stews
- Make a simple syrup with sugar, water and lovage stems. Use to make 'celery soda'.
Medicinal uses for lovage root
- The root of lovage is typically used to make a tincture. It has been used traditionally to aid digestion and reduce flatulence. It can be used as a diuretic, and it is traditionally believed to be a blood cleanser, and was used as a treatment for skin eruptions, gout, arthritis and rheumatism.
Try lovage seeds
- The seeds are sweeter than celery seeds - try them in pastries, candies or sprinkled over fruit.
- They have traditionally been baked in to cakes, muffins and breads
Lovage is high B-complex vitamins, essential for energy, and vitamin C which supports skin and immune system health. It is considered an aquaretic, a type of diuretic that encourages urination without the electrolyte loss that many diuretics cause. It is also great for seasonal allergies since it is high in quercetin, a natural antihistamine.