Lovage is an aromatic herb with a strong and salty flavour. It is part of the same family as coriander, celery and parsley. It originated in the mountains of the Mediterranean and southwestern Asia and used to be cultivated for medicinal use. The plant can grow up to 2 meters and has a beautiful deep green colour. It has a fleshy, brownish stem and very pointy leaves. It has a smell and taste similar to Celery but tastes almost salty and much more intense. Normally, the herb is used in spice blends made for soup, tomato sauce, or stock.
This tasty herb is largely associated with Maggi, a soup seasoning sold in the Netherlands and Germany, that’s why the common name for Lovage in Dutch is Maggiplant.