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Lovage is a perennial herb that can grow 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 metres (5 to 6 feet tall) in a clump. It's related to carrots, celery and parsley. It produces flowers that look like other members of the family, Queen Anne's Lace and Cow Parsley, except its flowers are yellow instead of white.
The green leaves and stalks have a flavour that is like that of celery.
The seeds can be used as celery seed in cooking.
Lovage is not really sold anymore, as it is out of fashion. You pretty much have to grow it yourself.
Some people feel that lovage can be used in cooking to give a flavour similar to what Maggi sauce would.
Literature & Lore
Many European names bear some relation to the Latin "Levisticum": Levistico (Italian and Spanish); Livèche (French); leuştean (Romanian); lavas (Dutch). The German of "Liebstöckel" ("love stock") as the same "love" aspect to it as the English name does.
Some people think that lovage is the same plant as smallage, but it is not: smallage is Apium graveolens L.
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