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Lovage

Levisticum officinale
Your New Favorite Herb

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Not widely known, and certainly not widely seen in markets, lovage is the best-kept secret of the herb world. Its flavor--like celery but sweeter, richer, deeper--is hard to describe but impossible to forget. It is used fresh or dried: just a few leaves, finely chopped, is all it takes to lend a rich, delightful essence to any dish. Of course, like all herbs, lovage has its share of medicinal applications: it is said to stimulate digestion and have mild antiseptic properties. It's also a beautiful perennial plant in a lovely pale green shade with a graceful arching habit. But the real deal is the amazing flavor. Add it to stocks. Pulverize it, mix it with salt, and sprinkle it on soups. Slice it finely and add it to salads. We promise you: you'll love lovage.
Number of Seeds 200
Spacing in Row 12"
Spacing Between Rows 12"
Planting Depth ¼"
Days to Maturity 84
Perennial. Start indoors 6 weeks before last frost. Slow to germinate and stays small for quite some time, so be patient. Keep moist, but not wet. Transplant outdoors when plants are 2" high in well drained, fertile soil. Prefers full sun or partial shade. Grows to 18-24" high. Harvest the outer leaves. Prune off flower stalks to prolong the harvest window, or let plants set seed; they can be used in cooking or saved for sowing.

Artwork by Lynne Bittner. Lynne Bittner loves wildflowers and makes her living selling her illustrations of them with her design partner and husband Richie Bittner. Together they have created Wildflower Graphics in Greenwich, NY on the banks of the Battenkill River, a few miles east of the Hudson. Lynne is a self taught illustrator. In her early twenties she was inspired by The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden, written in 1906. It included her water colors of flora and fauna of the English countryside, along with poetry that she loved. The discovery of this book made a lasting impression on Lynne in many ways and she began to dabble with her own drawings and water colors of local woodland wildflowers, such as dutchmen’s breeches, jack in the pulpits and lady’s slippers to name a few. Lynne's illustrations begin at the drawing board with a line illustration done by hand. Then together with Richie, the drawing is scanned and color, texturing and formatting are created digitally, each illustration taking many hours to complete. They are studio printed on archival papers using archival inks and individually signed by the artist.

From the Artist: "I enjoy the challenge of creating illustrations for The Hudson Valley Seed Library. The assignments that I have been given are not necessarily something I would normally select as an illustrator, thus propelling me into a territory where I am creatively on edge - though a bit unnerving, the end results are always so satisfying! So far, I have created 3 art packs - Mammoth Dill, Lovage and Garlic Chives. I love supporting their efforts and am grateful to have had an opportunity to be a part of this most important enterprise."

Medium: hand drawn line/ digital color

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