The other day I harvested lovage greens, so I thought I would share what I’m doing with them.
Every year I pick the leaves when they are still beautiful and green, dry them, and store them for culinary use. They are helpful when added to soups, sauces, etc., anywhere you would like celery flavour. The flavour is quite strong so you don’t need a lot, and of course, they can’t replace celery for crunch. With the cost of food going ever higher, and especially things like celery that aren’t that easy to grow, lovage is a great substitute.
I’ve used my dehydrator to dry the lovage in the past, but this year I decided to sun-dry it instead, and I think it has produced a better result.
Lovage is a herbaceous perennial with few growing requirements. You can plant it in a corner and pretty much forget about it until you want a bit. Don’t let it go to seed as it would spread readily that way. In fact, harvest the seeds and use them as you would fennel seeds! I’ve done that as well.