Lovage Herb Seeds
Lovage is a perennial herb growing to 6-8 ft tall, with a basal rosette of leaves and stems with further leaves, the flowers being produced in umbels at the top of the stems.
The stems and leaves are shiny glabrous green to yellow-green and smell somewhat similar to celery in appearance and aroma. The larger basal leaves are up to 2 ft long, tripinnate, with broad triangular to rhomboidal, acutely pointed leaflets with a few marginal teeth; the stem leaves are smaller, and less divided with few leaflets. The flowers are yellow to greenish-yellow, 1/10" diameter, flowering is in late spring.
The leaves can be used in salads, or to make soup or season broths, and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable or grated for use in salads. Its flavor and smell can be described as a mix of celery and parsley, but with a higher intensity of both of those flavors. In Romania, the leaves are the preferred seasoning for the various local broths, much more so than parsley or dill. In the Netherlands it is the only non salt ingredient of a traditional asparagus dish. In Romania it is also used dried and with seeds to conserve and to add flavour to pickled cabbage and cucumbers.
Lovage grows well from seed. Start indoors 6-8 weeks before planting outside. Sow 1/4 inch deep. Seeds will germinate in 10-20 days.