Lovage - not just for potions!



Have you heard of Lovage? I have to confess, I didn't know that lovage was a real plant. I thought it was simply an ingredient in a Harry Potter potion as that was the only place I had ever seen that word. As I spoke with one of the farmers at the market this weekend about this magical herb, I was all too excited to take some home. As you can see in the photo, I am storing mine in a vase with some water. They had started to wilt not long after I got them home and storing them this way perked them right up.


Lovage is a member of the parsley family and the taste is mostly celery-like with a bit of parsley flavor. You can use it just like celery, chop the roots for soups or stocks and use the leaves in salad. Even though it should hit 70° here today, I am thinking about making my favorite split pea soup and using lovage stalks in place of celery. I think it might also be lovely in a salsa but I don't have any fresh tomatoes just yet (we here in NJ are so spoiled once the tomato harvests start coming in!) This leafy herb is full of Vitamin C and Quercetin, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory.


Lovage has been around a loonngg time and was often used as a medicinal or herbal remedy for digestion and to reduce flatulance as well as a blood purifier and skin conditioner. How's that for versatility?


In addition to the soup that I'm planning to make with the stalks, I think I'll chop the leaves and toss with some roasted potatoes and a dijon dressing. I'll throw something together and share the potato recipe soon!


Have you heard of lovage? If so, tell me in the comments how you use this flavorful herb. If not, will you seek it out and give it a try? Tell me below!



 

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