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Would like some options for using the herb Lovage

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I have an enormous 15 year old lovage plant in my garden whose leaves I use maybe once or twice per season. I would welcome some new ideas/recipes for using Lovage. Now is the perfect time to do so.

asked by Incognito over 2 years ago
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sdebrango

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added over 2 years ago

I just tested this recipe for pickled spring onions and the onions are cured in a brine and lovage is added. They are delicious http://www.food52.com/recipes...

Buddhacat
SKK
added over 2 years ago

Just checked my flavor bible and Lovage is wonderful with corn, dungeness crab, egg dishes, fennel, fish, mushrooms, port, potatoes, tomatoes, shellfish, spinach. Jerry Traunfeld, of our famous Herb Farm restaurant here in Woodinville, WA says he uses them with nettles.

Really thrilled you asked the question because lovage is now in my consciousness and will be experimenting with it.

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added over 2 years ago

Thank you both for your suggestions. I will try the pickled spring onions, as I have all of the ingredients on hand. SKK,on your recommendation I have consulted Jerry Traunfeld's Herbfarm Cook book and he has an interesting halibut recipe with leeks, apples and lovage which sounds promising. I have made lettuce and lovage soup many times, but once per season is enough for us. This may be part of the challenge; lovage is quite strong and assertive! Far more so than celery....but I dislike seeing the glorious leaves and stalks go to waste.

Imag0055
added over 2 years ago

I'll be following this thread too. I have 3 vigorous lovage plants and I am really at a loss as to what to do with the herb. The flavor tends to dominate any dish in which it is used. I keep wondering if it would be tamer as a dried herb. As a green herb chopped into a salad in small quantities, for example, it just takes over.

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added over 2 years ago

mainecook61, you've answer a question for me -- can I grow it in NH. Plus the good ideas for using it, I'm encouraged.

Imag0055
added over 2 years ago

Oh goodness, it is VERY vigorous here in a cold pocket away from the coast. I have three plants (originally started from seed) and one would have been enough! It grows quickly, then kind of keels over and gives up in the late summer heat. It kindly does not spread, like mint, but it's also impossible to do it in. The bright green is a nice tall backdrop (3-4 feet!) in an herb garden in spring. The 19th century midwife and herbalist Martha Ballard made a tea from the leaves to "relieve faintness."

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added over 2 years ago

Good news! Thank you.

Photo_squirrel
added over 2 years ago

I really like lovage.when i rub its leaves, the scent stays on my hands for hours! For whatever reason, I find it indispensable in my beef stroganoff w/ sour cream and jerusalem artichokes. And i bet it might be really neat, muddled, in a Cosmopolitan or iced tea or maybe raspberry lovage soda?

also maybe good in a potato gratin or mashed potatoes; a white wine chicken dish......
best,
mindy
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mrslarkin

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added over 2 years ago

Lovage is such an aromatic herb. My chef friends stick it in their chicken soup - the aroma is intoxicating.

Here's a sort-of-related thread from last year, with lots of ideas and a link to a lovage cocktail I've made. Really yummy. http://www.food52.com/hotline...

Buddhacat
SKK
added over 2 years ago

Your question, incognito, left me with lovage on my mind and I just ran across this recipe from Hunger, Gardner, Angler Cook
http://honest-food.net...