Versatile perennial herb. The hollow stems smell and taste like celery with a nutty overtone. Yellow flowers emerge in summer and can be quite showy.
Use fresh or dried leaves with salads, potatoes, or any dish that calls for celery leaves. Lovage has a much stronger flavour than celery, so use with restraint. Dried seeds may be used in place of celery seeds.
Best in fertile, well-drained soil. Keep soil moist, watering freely in dry weather. Pick outer leaves any time. Allow seed to ripen on the plant.