An under-appreciated and yet very versatile herb Lovage deserves to be reappraised. Its taste is a mix between celery and parsley with a spicy warmth hinting at curry or aniseed. Lovage can be used in soups, stews and even scrambled eggs. It was widely used in the classical world for its medicinal and antiseptic properties. The herb can spread rapidly so its best grown in a pot.
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.
Common name:Levisticum officinale, Sea Parsley, Love Parsley