Where does it comes from?
Lovage (Levisticum officinale), is also called Maggiherb in Germany. It belongs to the botanical family of Umbelliferae and has its origin in the Mediterranean region. The name Maggi herb came up because of the similarity of its taste and the Maggi cubes. Maggi cubes are broth- bouillon cubes. However lovage is not one of the ingredients of the maggi cube.
Since when was it used?
Lovage is one of the herbs that has been used in the ancient Roman cuisine. It has been mention in the cookbook of Apicius where it is used to season seafood, fish and chicken. Today, however, it is widely replaced by celery.
How does it taste?
Lovage has a strong aromatic taste and reminds you of celery. However, it has a slightly tart flavor. You can use it very universally.
Culinary use of lovage
Lovage is used for the preparation of soups, meat and vegetable broths. It gives it its wonderful aroma and completes the taste nicely.
In Liguria, the minestrone is refined with lovage. Furthermore, it is used to flavor salads and grilled fish.
Lovage plays a big role in the Bulgarian and Romanian cuisine. Here, legumes and potatoes are seasoned with it. For the Romanian sauerkraut soup it is an important ingredient. Try it yourself, you can use it anywhere you've used celery. You will see that lovage will quickly become one of your favorite herbs.
Generally one can say that lovage refines the following dishes: lamb, smoked fish, bacon, pork, fish, seafood, potatoes, carrots, corn, mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini, onions, minced meat, roulades, ragouts, bread, apples, rice. It also refines a herb quark for dipping vegetable strips.
With which other herbs and spices can I combine it?
Lovage is an intense herb and should be dosed carefully. It goes well with the following herbs: borage, chervil, parsley, chives, tarragon, dill, lemon balm, pepper, salt, sugar, chili, garlic, oregano, bay leaf, juniper and thyme.
How do I store him?
Please place your herbs in an airtight container and keep them protected from the sun in a cool and dry place.