Lovage (Levisticum Officinalis) - 50 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 3-8
The kitchen herb garden would not be complete without Lovage, the hardy long-lived perennial. Lovage seeds grow quickly and the herb plant can reach over 72 inches in height. It prefers full sun to partial shade, and it develops a long taproot, so cultivate the bed deeply before adding the Lovage plant. This herb is also commonly referred to as Garden Lovage.
As a culinary herb, Lovage has a similar taste to celery. It is a wonderful addition to soups, stews, and vegetable dishes. Use it as you would celery or parsley, but it does have a stronger flavor, so less is usually needed. Lovage is an excellent ingredient to add flavour or tang to your favourite soups, particularly those that contain potatoes, peas, beans and lentils. The herb and its derivative may also be used to spice up stews like chili, chicken pot pie, stir-fried vegetables and all favourite seafood cuisines. Addition of lovage to tasteless vegetables like summer squash adds flavour and savour to it. You may chafe a salad bowl with lovage to give the crisp salad the essence and tang of fresh celery. However, there are a few things that need to be borne in the mind while adding lovage to different cuisines. Since the lovage leaves tend to be a little coarse, you always need to chop them up delicately. Similarly, stems of the lovage herb are generally fibrous and hence when you use them for preparing any cuisine, remember to do away with the stems before serving the dish. If you desire to eat the lovage leaf stalks raw like celery, don't forget to blanch them before consumption
The root and underground stem (rhizome) are used to make medicine. Some people take lovage by mouth as "irrigation therapy" for pain and swelling (inflammation) of the lower urinary tract, for preventing kidney stones, and to increase the flow of urine during urinary tract infections.
An easy to grow herb, lovage grown from seed should be started in the spring. It can be jump started and sown indoors 6-8 weeks prior to transplanting outside. Cold stratify for 2 weeks before sowing. Lovage seed germination takes 10-14 days. Note: Lovage naturally has a lower germination rate of roughly 50% or so, so keep that in mind when growing it. When growing lovage plants from seed indoors, sow seed ¼ inch deep. Sow 3-4 seeds per pot. Keep the seeds moist. When the seedlings have their first few leaves, thin to the strongest seedling and transplant outside spaced at least 24 inches apart.
Light Required: Full sun to partial shade
Watering: Keep moist
Soil: Any deep, well drained soil
Seed Depth: 1/4”
Seeds per Plant: 4-5
Plant Spacing: 24-36 inches
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