Lovage is native to southern Europe (a related plant, Ligusticum scoticum, grows wild in northern Britain and on the Atlantic coasts of North America). It was used by the Greeks and Romans to aid digestion. The seeds, leaves, and leafstems have a strong, earthy, celery flavor and are chiefly used to flavor soups and stews. It is particularly useful in vegetarian dishes, with rice, vegetable seasonings, and nut roasts. Its stems can be used in salads or candied like angelica. The seeds are used on bread or cheese biscuits.
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