Lovage, a perennial herb from the Apiaceae family, is a towering beauty with vivid green leaves that are reminiscent of celery. This aromatic plant is native to Southern Europe and Western Asia but is now grown in many parts of the world for its culinary and medicinal uses.
Lovage can grow up to 6 feet tall and has large, bright green leaves, and produces small, yellow-green flowers that are arranged in umbrella-shaped clusters. These flowers transform into small brownish-black fruits that bear two seeds.
The root of the Lovage plant has earned it culinary and medicinal fame. Its root has an alluringly intense celery-like flavor and aroma, which is why it's commonly used to add depth to stews, soups, and other savory dishes, or even as a flavoring agent in alcoholic beverages.
Besides being a culinary wonder, Lovage also has a long history of use in traditional medicine. It is known for its supposed diuretic, digestive, and expectorant properties. In traditional medicine, it has been used to treat a variety of ailments, including indigestion, urinary tract infections, and arthritis. Apart from its culinary and medicinal applications, Lovage has also been used in perfumes and cosmetics for its refreshing and invigorating scent.