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Lovage: How does this herb lift up your health?

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  • Lovage is a perennial herb native to the Mediterranean region, and can be found growing wild in northern Greece, southern France and in the Balkans
  • Lovage can grow up to 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) high, with large vibrant green leaves, yellow flowers and small fruits measuring 5 to 7 millimeters one- to two-tenths of an inch). The entire plant is aromatic — its seeds, leaves and root are most often used, which is why it’s now cultivated
  • If you want to use fresh lovage to flavor your dishes, harvest them as needed, ideally in the morning, when the plant has a good amount of essential oils. Don’t rinse them or you will lose the flavor

Are you familiar with lovage (Levisticum officinale)? Unless you are from certain areas of Europe or parts of southwest Asia, you probably haven’t heard of this member of the parsley family, which can provide a unique flavor to your dishes as well as potential health benefits. Continue reading to find out the health benefits of lovage and how to grow this plant at home.

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