Lovage!! I'm in lovage!!
This year is my first time growing lovage. I read on this forum about something that looked like celery but not quite. The folks who responded to that post said it must be lovage. I read up on lovage and went out and got some plants this past spring.
OMG!!! This stuff is fantastic. I have used it in chicken broth and in court bouillon for seafood. The flavor is fantastic!
If anyone reading this has not tried lovage - and if you have space to grow it - do yourself a huge favor and try some. I understand it gets quite large but I have it in an 18 gallon container for now and in spring 2011 will look for a permanent bed for lovage to live.
Just a bit of history. About 10 years ago DH and I went out for dinner and the place had a fresh seafood platter with cold king crab legs. I asked the waiter if the kitchen could warm the crab legs for me and he said sure. The chef came out to our table and presented me with this steaming platter of crab legs with a delightful flavor. For the past 10 years I have been trying to replicate that flavor with a varied number of herbs and spices - no luck. This year when I first added lovage to my court bouillon - eureka!! I now know what that chef used so long ago.