Lovage – it is common to flavor salads, sauces and grilled meat. Bitters and liqueurs are flavored with this spice. Lovage makes meat sauce, marinades milder, it is used in lamb and beef dishes, soups, vegetables, rice dishes, preparing poultry or fish. Goes well with parsley, chives, rosemary, black pepper. Lovage is used 5-10 minutes before the dish is finished.
Lovage (lot. Levisticum officinale) came from Western Asia (Persia).
In Ukraine, girls are giving lovage to boys to charm them, and they call the lovage “Love me, don’t leave me”.
As spices and folk medicine all parts of lovage are used: leaves, stems, blossoms and roots. All parts release a strong, yet pleasant, celery-like scent. Lovage is one of the components of dietary nutrition.