Secretts Lovage

Page last updated Friday 12th April 2024.

Lovage, a perennial herb that belongs to the Apiaceae family, is a hidden gem in the world of culinary herbs, often overshadowed by its more popular cousins like parsley and celery. With its tall stature, bright green leaves, and a flavour profile reminiscent of celery but with a richer, more complex taste, lovage is a versatile herb that can elevate many dishes. Its leaves, seeds, and roots are all edible, making it a valuable addition to any kitchen garden.

In the kitchen, lovage’s uses are manifold. The leaves can be chopped and added to salads for a refreshing, slightly bitter taste or used as a garnish for soups and stews, where they impart a depth of flavour similar to celery but with an intriguing, almost musky undertone. Lovage works exceptionally well in potato dishes, with its robust flavor complementing the earthiness of the potatoes. Moreover, the seeds can be used similarly to fennel seeds, adding a unique flavour to bread, crackers, or even in making homemade spice blends. The roots, though less commonly used, can be cooked and eaten like a vegetable or used to season broths and stocks.

Not only is lovage a culinary delight, but it also boasts several health benefits, including aiding digestion and serving as a diuretic. Its high vitamin C content and essential oils make it a beneficial herb to incorporate into your diet. Whether you’re making a broth, spicing up a salad, or simply seeking to add a new dimension to your culinary creations, lovage is a herb that offers a plethora of uses both in traditional and modern cooking. Its unique flavour and health benefits make it a worthy addition to any herb garden or kitchen pantry.

Our home grown lovage is now in stock. Download a pdf of our recipe and information leaflet leaflet here. Scroll down to view our latest recipe for lovage pesto or download a print friendly A4 kitchen copy here.