Lovage is native to Asia and it also grows wild in Europe.
It's a massive, perennial plant, aromatically scented soup spice. The scent is caused by essential oils.
Lovage used to be very popular in the Podkrkonoší area, where it was called "vopych" or "vlstek".
It was used to season soups, especially potato soup, mostly around Easter, when it was customary to eat something green.
Due to its valuable biological and medicinal properties, this plant has been experiencing its rebirth in recent years. Its growing is simple, it's very undemanding plant. Only harvesting is a bit more challenging, because it has to be done manually. Older leaves tend to have a reddish colour and bitter flavour, so we always harvest handpick the leaves.
crates 3 - 5 kg
flowpack 50 g, 100 g
Spice and Medicine
As a spice, it is best when fresh. It is great e.g. for soups.
For medicinal purposes, dried leaves and root are used.
Classic Czech Potato Soup
If you have dried mushrooms, soak them in advance for about 20 minutes in warm water. Dice cleaned vegetables, potatoes into smaller cubes. Mix together with mushrooms, bay leaf, pepper, salt, allspice, and cook until soft. Remove the bay leaf and allspice and stir in crumbled bouillon cube (one litre of water can also be replaced by a litre of chicken broth), boil briefly. Meanwhile, make a roux from butter and flour, allowing it to cool down afterwards. Now add the cooled roux into the broth, along with crushed garlic and marjoram, leaving it to boil briefly again. Season the soup with soup seasoning and ground pepper. Garnish with lovage or parsley.
Potato soup is best to be served with homemade bread.
6 pcs of potatoes, 1 parsley root, 2 pcs of carrots, 1/4 of celery root, 6 tbsps. of butter, 1 handful of mushrooms / champignons (fresh/dried), 4 tsps. Of marjoram, 2 bouillon cubes, 6-8 cloves of garlic, 3 tbsps. of soup seasoning, 3 tbsps. of plain flour, 1 tsp. of black pepper (whole), 1/2 tsp. of ground black pepper, lovage / curly parsley, 2 bay leaves, allspice, 4 l of water.