While a name like Lovage would seem to suggest a
medicinal use for this herb that would inspire romance, it is actually one of the oldest know
salad green plants in the world. The stems can be, and have been eaten for many years as a
vegetables, and both stems and seeds have been candied and consumed as sweet treats for some
time as well. In the 16th century, herbalists suggested consuming lovage to ease digestive
disorders, usually in the form of a tea.
Info: Lovage is a perennial plant that can grow as high as 5 feet (1.5
meters) tall. It forms tubular stalks on which pinnate, dark-green, firm leaves will grow. Sow
fresh seeds in sunny to partially shaded garden location in autumn, thinning in spring, or
transplant seedlings to the garden in spring. Plant in partial afternoon shade in regions with
very hot summers. Water abundantly in hot weather. Requires a high nutrient value in the soil
with plenty of organic matter. Once established, you'll likely get seedlings that will keep you
supplied with new plants. You can also divide established clumps in early spring, replanting
portions that show new growth.
Uses: All parts of this plant are edible, including the roots. To save the
seeds, cut off the flowering stalks when seeds are ripe and dry them by hanging upside down from
the base of the stem. Fresh or dried leaves are tasty ingredients in salads, soups and sauces,
but some find its taste quite strong, so do some nibbling before deciding on the amounts to
Uses: Lovage has been said to be a benefit for relieving abdominal pains due
to gastrointestinal gas. It's also been touted to reduce flatulence when consumed as a tea
brewed from its roots or leaves.