The lovage herb has been cultivated since the time of Pliny when it was used as both a digestive and culinary herb. The perennial plant grows up to 6ft high and has deep glossy leaves with a spicy even celery-like aroma. The plant most likely originated in Europe but is cultivated world-wide. All parts of the plant are used including the leaves, roots and seeds.
You may have a difficult time finding lovage in your local grocery store. You can grow your own in the spring and summer and seeds can be found in most well-stocked plant nurseries. Grow in moist, rich soil. Lovage needs full sun to partial shade and takes 85-95 days to mature from seed. You may also find lovage plants in 4" pots in your nursery in the spring.