Take that dried Lovage and make some Lovage salt to season cooked dishes.
Use 1/4 Cup Coarse Salt (Kosher or Sea Salt is especially nice) to 2 Tablespoons crumbled, dried Lovage leaves. Mix together and store in an airtight jar.
For a finer mixture, pulse in a blender or food processor.
Use as a substitute for celery salt. Lovage salt makes a great gift for the cooks on your list too!
Lovage is an ancient healing herb, mostly used for its diuretic properties in cases of water retention and urinary difficulties, and also for pain and swelling (inflammation) of the lower urinary tract, for preventing of kidney stones, and to increase the flow of urine during urinary tract infections.
The seeds, leaves and leaf stems have a strong, earthy, celery flavor that enriches soups and stews and is particularly useful in vegetarian dishes, with rice, vegetable stuffings and nut roasts. More info on this herb can be found at the Encyclopedia of Herbology.
Recipe: Homespun Seasonal Living