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25 comments to “Lovage”

  1. Never tried lovage curious to give it a go if I can find it. I like the idea of it in a drink sounds green and refreshing.

  2. A couple of years ago I bought a lovage start from the garden store, because I don’t see lovage often either.

    Apparently lovage likes New England weather and utter neglect. Every year it comes back bigger than before. I could never use it all.

    So, if you like lovage and have any place at all to grow a plant, I recommend growing some.

  3. The idea of a lovage syrup is very intriguing. I wonder if I could grow some here in Sweden. I can already foresee a lovage, watermelon and cucumber Hendrick’s g&t. Oh damn, now we’re just missing summer around here!

  4. hahaha i can’t wait to see a ‘skinny lovage cocktail’ Pinterest post complete with lovage straw, loopy white cursive writing and step by step tutorial…

  5. Have you tried Paula Wolfert’s herb jam recipe? Lovage is brilliant in that.

  6. Shannon Murphy says:

    May 11th, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    I second the buy-a-plant recommendation. Easiest plant I’ve ever grown, and comes in handy when a recipe calls for celery and you want to cheat. For a quicker gin-and-tonic situation, you can just muddle the leaves with some lime and pour booze on top. Though I love the idea of this syrup for more sophisticated applications!

  7. This drink looks so tasty! And I love how it would be good any time of year!

  8. Katrina and JS- Would love to grow, but do not have outdoor space so it is not an option.
    Deena- Thanks for the heads up!

  9. Lovage soup is wonderful, too. Chop a bunch (large hand full) of lovage very finely. Cut an onion into very small cubes, fry them in some butter until translucent, add half a tablespoon of flour, stir until coated, then add 2 cups of milk and a cup of water (or broth), stir, add the lovage and simmer for 10 minutes or so. Season to taste (salt is all you may need). If you want it smoother you can blend the soup.

    Lovage freezes well in ice cube trays.

  10. This drink looks and sounds delicious. Seems like a good excuse to add lovage to my herb garden.

  11. oh my gosh, this is right up my alley, and the name is so cute!! PLUS stalk-straws?! must. find. immediately.

  12. i think you need to listen to this song while sipping this drink: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKiXYveusc0

    looks delicious =)

  13. Is lovage the same thing as Chinese celery? I grew up eating Chinese celery, which is essentially a very strong tasting, herb-y celery. It has the same tubes though and looks pretty similar, except maybe the leaves are a bit thinner/lighter green! I’d be curious to see if it’s the same thing as lovage, just under a different moniker.

  14. Well, hot damn! Glenn came home from the market with two lovage plants TODAY! Soon as I get them planted in the garden, I know what I’m making!

  15. I grow lovage in my Northern California backyard. I bought it on accident (mistook for parsley)!but it’s the best mistake I’ve ever made. It is hearty and grows like a weed! I pick huge stalks and strip the leaves off the stalks to add to salads. Yum!!

  16. The sauteed squid with lovage salsa verde from the Franny’s book is also excellent. Lovely summery post.

  17. LOL @ Pinterest-able. I am excited for the return of farmers markets, too!

  18. Long time reader – first time commenter! ;) I was psyched to see you giving lovage some…er…LOVE. We moved from Chicago to Maine a little over a year ago, and are renting a house in the country and had no idea what the weird, purple/green celery smelling stuff was that started coming up in the former garden next to the rhubarb. Someone finally identified it for us, and I’ve been determined to experiment with different ways to use it!

    I’m pretty fond of the lovage pickles I made:
    https://instagram.com/p/oCc0NMDR3X/

    And drying it as an herb for cooking was pretty fantastic too:
    https://instagram.com/p/oCc4OSDR3f/

    It seems silly to only use the leaves, and although straws are fun I keep trying to find ways to eat more of the actual stalks. I bet they’d be great as a base for stuffing or something – but, sort of the wrong season. Last year, our patch grew to well over 6 feet and had the most beautiful yellow flowers.

    Keep up the good work. :)

  19. straws, yo! I heart you. but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen lovage down here? is it like rhubarb, which Yankees rhapsodize about all spring but which we have to pay an arm & a leg for? I’m going to check out the high-end grocery store here just to see if they carry it, because anything that you endorse as being a potentially good mixer for gin, this gal is interested in.

  20. Hi Nishta! Yeah, you’re unlikely to find lovage in a grocery store. I see it very occasionally at farmers markets. Maybe you’ll be surprised? Not sure it grows down south, and not sure it gets shipped anywhere….

  21. Mary Anne says:

    May 20th, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    omggg i have lovage in my fridge right now! (That’s totally a brag, btw.) I am gonna make a cocktail RIGHT NOW! xoxo

  22. Rima Rantisi says:

    May 28th, 2015 at 12:56 am

    who named this plant?
    we don’t have lovage in beirut :(

  23. I, too, sometimes pick up something at the farmers market just for its novelty (I just tossed out some wild ferns I failed to make use of, much to my chagrin).

    I just picked up some lovage at Green City this morning. I love the idea of this syrup with soda and gin and lime (maybe with the Letherbee vernal gin??). I also imagine lovage straws would be perfect in a Bloody Mary.

  24. to RIMA RANTISI: “levisiticum officionale” for LOVAGE – LIEBSTOECKL in austria/germany. also known as MAGGI herb. greetings!

  25. cool – thanks so much for this post. I love produce of all kinds and have never heard of lovage before! eager to track down a plant for our garden this year or next. It sounds like something I would love.

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