An eclectic collection of facts, trivia and statistics about various foods, beverages, plants and animals

You are here > Home > FOOD TRIVIA & FACTS

Also see: Food Articles and Cooking Tips



From Amateur & Basic Cooking Classes to Professional Chef Training & Degrees -  Associates, Bachelors & Masters
More than 1,000 schools & classes listed for all 50 States, Online and Worldwide


Lovage (Levisticum officinale) is an aromatic herb of the carrot or parsley family and related to celery, and the whole plant has a celery aroma.  The plant is native to the mountains of southern Europe and has been used since ancient times as both a food and a medicine. At one time lovage was the most widely cultivated medicinal herb. It is not nearly as popular and well known as it once was.

The plant has thick, erect, hollow stalks and the the shiny leaves are dark green and shaped somewhat similar to celery. Lovage leaves have a sweet celery-like flavor and are used to flavor soups and stews or in fresh salads.  The stalks can be cooked as a vegetable and may also be candied like those of Angelica.

An essential oil from the plant is used to flavor liqueurs and in perfumes. The 1/2 inch seeds resemble caraway seeds, and are used in confectionary and were sometimes pickled like capers.



  LLAMAS to LYCOPENE   |   Llamas   |   Lobscouse   |   Lobster   |   Lobster Butter   |   Lobster Sauce   |  Locusts   |   Loganberry   |   Lollipop   |   London Broil   |   Lone Ranger   |   Longan   |   Longest Word   |   Longhorn Cheese   |   Longhorn Cattle   |   Loquat   |   Lord Baltimore Cake   |   Lorna Doone   |   Loofah, Luffa Gourd   |   Los Angeles   |   Lotus Root & Flower   |   Lotus Tree   |   Louis Lunch   |   Louisiana   |   Lovage   |   Luau   |   Lumberjack Lingo   |   Lunch Counter Lingo   |   Lutefisk   |   Lychee, Litchi   |   Lycopene  
  Home   |   About & Contact Us   |   Bibliography   |   Food History Articles   |   Food Timeline   |   Catalogs   |   Free Magazines   |   Other Links  

Please feel free to link to any pages of from your website.
For permission to use any of this content please E-mail:
All contents are copyright © 1990 - 2016 James T. Ehler and unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved.
You may copy and use portions of this website for non-commercial, personal use only.
Any other use of these materials without prior written authorization is not very nice and violates the copyright.
Please take the time to request permission. Logo



Free Food Magazine Subscriptions