Don’t forget that we have our Simple and Nourishing Carnival this week on Thursday! I can’t wait to see what you all have in store for it. Later today or tomorrow I will post the carnival guidelines.
I have a confession to make. I don’t have a green thumb, I have a black thumb- a thumb that seems to bring death to little green growing things. I have had terrible luck with gardening so far, including having rabbits come and eat every little bit of my growing garden. But there has been one delicious herb that even I have kept alive. And I am so glad because we love this herb’s flavor!
Lovage is a very flavorful herb that is a relative of celery. You can see in the picture how the herb’s leafs look similar to celery leafs. It pairs very well in soups and bean dishes, and I am sure in a myriad of other dishes as well. I have a hard time trying to explain it’s flavor. It seems familiar, yet different. Some people describe it as tangy. Regardless, it is full of favor! You will have to try it yourself to see what you think.
The plant can grow to be quite large, so you will have plenty of it to use and share with others. And, as I mentioned, it is very easy to grow (even I can keep it alive and that’s saying something!).
I think that when you are on a budget (and when you are not!), it’s important to have flavorful additions to your meals to make them special. Having fresh herbs from your own herb garden makes you feel like you are rich, even when you are not. This last weekend I made a very simple lentil soup flavored with fresh oregano, chives, and lovage from my garden. It turned my plain, bland lentil soup into a delicious meal. Peasant style, yes. But delicious peasant style food!
I would consider lovage a wonderful addition to anyone’s gardening plans this year!
Here are two lovage using recipes I have on this site.
What is your favorite fresh herb?