Product: Lovage Leaves
Latin Name: Levisticum officinale syn. Hipposelinum levisticum, Levisticum levesticum, Ligusticum levisticum & Selinum levisticum.
Plant Family: Apiaceae
Other Names: Old English Lovage, Italian Lovage, Cornish Lovage, Chinese Lovage, Love Herbs, Love Rod, Love, Parsley, Lubestico, Italian Parsley & Maggikraut, Maggiplant, Levistico, Livèche & Lavose.
Description: Lovage is an herbaceous, perennial native to Southern Europe and the south western side of Asia; it can reach a height of up to 2.5 metres. The leaves emerge from a basal rosette, and are dark green in colour on maturity; they are glossy, compound with toothed edges and up to 70cm in length. The flowers are produced in umbels (like an upturned umbrella) a characteristic shape of members of the Apiaceae family. They are yellow to greenish-yellow in colour and approximately 2–3 mm diameter.
Brief History: Lovage was valued as a medicine by early Greek and Roman herbalists and is mentioned in the books of Galen, Dioscorides, Pliny and Apicius. In the 12th century St. Hildegarde of Binden recommended the use of lovage to treat persistent coughs whilst Culpeper recommended an infusion of lovage which when 'being dropped into the eyes taketh away their redness or dimness’. It was also used in washes by medieval maidens to keep freckles at bay.
SUGGESTED USEThe leaves can be added to salads and soup, it is also used as a digestive cordial and liqueur. Infusions can be used to clean external wounds as lovage and can be drunk as a tea.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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