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Old 04-20-2009, 04:04 PM   #1
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Lovage

OK, I thought I knew it all when it came to herb gardens. Then something came up last month, through the snow, and I went to figure out what I planted last year and never really used it. But it's definitely hardy to have lived through this winter. Right now I can only think of adding it to my general herb mix for my own version of ranch dressing (mayo, yogurt or buttermilk, then fresh herbs in the summer and dried in the winter. My husband calls it my super secret sauce; I use it for a multitude of foods). Anyone know what any traditional use of lovage is?

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Old 04-20-2009, 04:16 PM   #2
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I've never seen lovage before Claire,
Can you discribe the taste?
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Old 04-20-2009, 06:01 PM   #3
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It tastes like the Maggi made in Germany (not the one made in China); sort of a celery taste. I like some of it's leaves included in spring to early summer salads and finely chopped in salad dressing mixes. Being a perennial is also a plus.
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Old 04-20-2009, 06:05 PM   #4
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Lovage was used in Roman cookery quite a lot. We use celery. Good in soups and stews, sautees and stir fries.
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Old 04-20-2009, 10:14 PM   #5
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Makes great straws for Bloody Marys. Has a celery type flavor.
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:51 AM   #6
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My lovage plants are getting big this spring, but I haven't used any yet. I planted it because it is supposed to be like a perennial celery, so I plan to use it in soups and sauces in place of celery.
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:43 PM   #7
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My lovage plants are getting big this spring, but I haven't used any yet. I planted it because it is supposed to be like a perennial celery, so I plan to use it in soups and sauces in place of celery.
That's what I used it for.
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Old 05-24-2009, 08:31 AM   #8
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I have been using it for a celery replacement in several applications. Thank you all for helping. It really came up gang-busters and I'd hardly even tasted it! For some reason, even though I've had herb gardens from here to there and back again, I'd never grown this one, and last year (when I planted it) it just peeped a few leaves up and I just chopped them into what my husband calls "Claire's Super Secret Sauce", which is in fact my version of ranch dressing. On top of that, a year ago I lost part of my sense of taste and smell (it has mostly come back ... I have no idea what happened but it was a difficult couple of years).
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Old 05-24-2009, 10:26 AM   #9
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A sinus infection can cause that, Claire. I'm glad it came back.
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Old 05-24-2009, 10:43 AM   #10
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We were going to buy some lovage seeds, but for some unknown reason opted not to. After reading this thread, I sure wish we had bought them.
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