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Lovage

Lovage (Levisticum officinale)

Description

Lovage is a hardy perennial with large, rich green leaves that resemble those of celery. The leaves are stronger tasting but sweeter than celery.

Culture

Lovage does best in a rich, fairly moist soil and can be propagated from seed planted in late summer. Grows 36-48” tall. Space plants 30” apart.

Harvesting

Use the leaves fresh, or dry them at any time.

Use

The leaves and stems of lovage give a celery flavor to soups and salads. Blanch stem bases before eating. 

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