Inside the Spice Cabinet: Lovage

Inside the Spice Cabinet: Lovage

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Kelli Foster
Oct 1, 2016
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The shape of the leaves may make you think celery or Italian parsley, and you're not far off. Lovage is sometimes even referred to as céleri batard, or "false celery" in French. This herb is a bit more wild and colorful than the bunch you might find at the farmers' market.

What Is Lovage

Taste: Sour
Most Popular Use: Salad, sauce, meat

Native to Southern Europe, lovage is a member of the parsley family. This leafy herb can be quite large, growing up to seven feet in hight, with large, dark green leaves that resemble celery. Lovage is used for its leaves, stalks and seeds. It has an intense flavor, very similar to celery, and is best used in small amounts.

How To Use Lovage

Lovage can be eaten raw or cooked, and is popular in South and Central European cuisines. Use it chopped and mixed into salads, and used anywhere you might otherwise use fresh parsley. It pairs well with seafood and fish, in sauce, soup, pasta, and meat.

The young leaves are best if you're going to eat it raw. If the bunch has older, tougher leaves, they'll work well in any cooked dish.

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