Lovage seeds grow into tall perennial plants with parsley-shaped leaves that have a strong celery flavour.
Sow these lovage seeds indoors or outdoors between February and June. Plant the seeds to a depth of 1cm, spaced 5cm apart. They will be ready to harvest between May and October. Like mint lovage can spread so plant seeds into pots and plant the whole pot into the soil.
Known as mountain celery in Italy due to its flavour, lovage has a great affinity with eggs – try adding the leaves to a frittata or sprinkle over scrambled eggs. Lovage also works well in salads, soups, stews, vinaigrettes and stirred into mashed potato. Tender young stems can also be steamed and served as a side dish. When the seeds have dried and turned brown harvest them and sprinkle them over home-made loaves.