Lovage is a perennial herb with many uses, with a celery like taste to the leaves. The roots can also be eaten, but as this is a perennial it is generally grown for its leaves, which make a refreshing tea when dried.
|When to sow||Can be sown under glass from March but best sown direct outdoors from April.|
|Where to sow||Direct sow outside either thinly in rows or sparsely in pots.|
|Plant out well rooted plants into the garden in late spring or early summer.|
|What to do sext||Plant in rich, deep, moist soil in sun or partial shade.|
|Harvest||Use the leaves when young and tender, or dry leaves to make tasty herbal teas. Roots can be dug out in Autumn.
|Handy Tips||Lovage will self seed so weed out any new seedlings to prevent these plants from smothering any others around it.
Trim in summer to encourage new shoots.
|Plants start to die back in autumn. At this time, cut stems back to just above ground level. Plants can then be divided in the spring.
|Companion Planting||Plant with other herbs like parsley, or with other perennial vegetables like asparagus and rhubarb.
|Nutritional Information||Medicinal note: Teas of the leaf and stalk were common and used for sore throats and tonsil problems, rheumatism/arthritis, jaundice, and for digestion. However you should always check with your doctor before using herbs for medicinal purposes.|
|Serving Suggestion||Young leaves are perfect for adding to salads, soups and stews or as part of a bouquet garni.