Lovage (Levisticum officinale) Root can be used in salads, or to make soup, and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable or grated for use in salads. Its flavour and smell is very similar to celery.
In Germany it is known as Maggikraut and in the Netherlands Maggiplan. In France Leviche and in Italy Levistico. In Swedish its libbsticka
The name Lovage stems from “love-ache”, the ache part being a once used medieval name for parsley. It is a corruption of the older French name levesche, from the late Latin levisticum, in turn thought to be a corruption of the earlier Latin ligusticum, meaning from or of Liguria which is in northwest Italy and is where the herb was once grown extensively.
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