How To Grow Lovage And Their Benefits

Lovage is a perennial herb with a rich celery-like flavour. The leaves and seeds are used in many recipes including soups, stews, and poultry dishes. Native to western Asia and the Mediterranean, the root and underground stem are also used to make medicine. In this article, we will share how to grow lovage, the nutrients, and health benefits that can be gained from adding this herb to your diet.

How to Grow Lovage

Sow seeds outdoors in spring. Grow lovage in container/pots or in outdoor trenches in sun or partial shade. Sow around 1cm deep in individual containers/pots with well-drained soil rich in organic matter such as compost or manure. Water regularly especially in dry spells, and keep the soil evenly moist.

When roots start coming out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the containers/pots, transplant into a bigger container/pot. Alternatively dig a trench big enough for your plants, transplant, and fill the rest up with compost or manure. Fertilisers are optional, but if you want the best results, feed with a high nitrogen fertiliser. Snip or pinch leaves and stalks during the growing season, leaves are best picked before plants start to flower. Harvest seeds in late summer as they ripen into a brown colour.

Nutrients And Health Benefits

Lovage contains large amounts of vitamins C and B and many other nutrients. It also contains plant compounds such as Quercetin, which has an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. In addition, lovage offers many health benefits such as helps fight the risk of kidney stones, provides lung support, soothes rough spots, promotes healthy skin, fights harmful organisms, eases digestion and gas, supports joints, and many more.

Lovage stalks, leaves, and seeds are used in cooking, all containing a fresh celery-like flavour. Chop stalks and leaves, and add them to any salads, soups, stews, tunas, chicken, and other poultry dishes. Add seeds as a topping for different pastries and breads, and are often used as a spice.