I love Lovage!

I do!

Got a few plants on order from my local garden center. They’re a bit wiggly because of being grown in a greenhouse or indoors I think- trying to get the most light. But no matter- once they’re in pots and in a sunny spot they should grow nice and tall. I potted them up in good soil and some sure start.

I love the way lovage tastes. I had a nice plant in the shaded patch, but it got all buggy and gross. Hopefully by keeping them in pots on tables it’ll cut down on the bug load.

Lovage is an old herb. The Romans used to use a ton of it, and it’s still used in Italy. It tastes like a sharp celery- but it’s a member of the parsley family. Some people use the hollow stems of fully grown lovage as a straw for Bloody Mary’s! I don’t know if I’ll be quaffing Hemingway’s favorite hangover cure- but lovage is really versatile. I like to put it with other herbs and beef in an herb roast- or in the breading of chicken cutlets. It’s also great in tuna salad, or in a regular salad with other greens.

It’s so pretty too! And it makes your hands smell really nice when you handle it.

Here’s to the Romans! Horrible bastards- good taste in herbs.

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