Lovage (Levisticum officinale) this reliable Hardy Perennial is one of the first pants to shoot up in spring. Here on Southern Vancouver Island, it has sprouted up over a foot by the end of March. It is easy to grow but give this plant a lot of room in your garden as it grows over 2 M high.
Leaves have excellent celery like flavor and is used soups, stews and casseroles. The seeds whole or ground are used in pickling brine, cheese spreads, dressings and sauces. Here are a few ideas.
Potato Salad with Lovage
Spring Lovage Soup
Fettuccine With Tomato And Lovage Sauce
In the Middle Ages lovage leaves were placed in the shoes of travelers to revive their weary feet and an infusion made from the seeds was used to erase freckles !
May Day is an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival with ( of course ! ) a connection to herbs. In Germany Sweet Woodruff ( Galium odoratum ) is added to Rhine wine to make a delicious drink called Mailbowle. In Romania Mugwort ( Artemisia vulgaris ) flavored red wine is one of the beverages of choice. Spring, dancing, herbs, and wine …. Tanz in den Mai !
Source Wikimedia Commons Cultivo de shiitake (Lentinula edodes) en Pradejón (La Rioja), localidad líder en el cultivo de champiñón y setas en España.
Imagine planting a crop that produces for up to 8 years !
The first section of this Podcast contains a great overview of the plant Comfrey.
Listen Here – BBC Radio Leeds
Chives were a favorite culinary herb in China as long ago as 3,000 BC and are still a popular culinary herb all over the world. Chives are often used as companion plants for carrots, roses, grapes and tomatoes to deter pests. Chive flowers can be used to produce colorful and flavorful vinegar. Honey bees, bumble bees, and native pollinators also love chive flowers.
If you are thinking of growing your own culinary herbs Chives would be a good first choice. Easy to grow in a garden or a pot, easy to use and perennial.
Here is a selection of interesting news articles on Growing Vegetables, that I have found over the last couple of weeks.
- This article introduces a subject that I never really considered, apparently stressing vegetable crops while they are grown can increase their nutritional value. Check it out here.
- I have never been a big fan of cell phone RF radiation, this article isn’t making me feel any better about the situation.
- Here is an interesting and informative podcast on one of my favorite subjects, perennial vegetables.
- A pictorial history lesson on selected food plants. Six everyday fruits and vegetables before and after humans changed them.