What are the pros? Flavor, looks, beneficial
What are the cons? None
I've had a patch of Lovage going for 30 years up here in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania. I first tried to grow it when I lived in southern Virginia(Norfolk) and it would rarely germinate and when it did it didn't really grow and would die off. Needs that cold. Mine can get up to 10 feet tall if I let the flowers grow. It's a good looking plant for the edible landscape as a background if you keep the flowers cut off; otherwise it gets scraggly looking. Mine is in a spot where it doesn't matter, so the flowers are allowed to grow; which the local beneficial insects appreciate. To me the flavor is more like English, red "cooking" celery..strong and bitter. I do like to chew on a leaf in the morning when I'm walking the dogs; it's supposed to be good for the stomach, and the Amish use it as a breath freshener. Used in moderation when cooking it maintains it's celery-like flavor much better than the standard celery we find here in the US...just don't overdo it.
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