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Jun 25, 2006 02:45 PM

Lovage anyone?

Trying to find lovage, to make a hamburgers-with-lovage recipe. anybody ever seen this stuff for sale?

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  1. Daniel,

    I've been looking for it as well. I did find seeds on the net, among other places at

    Also, some advice on growing it and using it at


      1. I would look in nurseries with a good selection of herbs. Actually, I don't know why more people don't buy fresh herbs from nurseries -- it's often cheaper to buy a whole plant than a little bunch of herbs. After you've used what you need you can plant it somewhere (even keep the pot in a sunny spot in your kitchen) and if it dies, you're still ahead of the game. Otherwise, Berkeley Bowl is the best bet. If it's commercially available, they'll probably have it.

        1. We get all the thyme, rosemary, mint, and sage we need from the garden, but haven't had much success with tarragon, parsley, or cilantro.

          The herb plants I see for sale are a few bucks and tiny, often not even enough for a single dish.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            You probably only shop at chi chi nurseries, Robert. When I planted my garden this spring I bought some plants from Home Depot and some from the nursery on Solano. The Home Depot plants were half the price and are thriving, while the others have yet to take off.

            Ditto on success growing thyme, rosemary, mint and sage (I planted the sage about six weeks and it's taken off so fast I'm going to have to transplant it soon). My tarragon is hanging in, despite my dog having dug it up, and my dill is doing well, too. I've never had any luck growing cilantro -- you have to make sure you get one of the non-bolt varieties or it goes to seed to quickly, and since I tend to use it by the handful, it's never really enough.

          2. I can offer you a fistful of lovage from my Berkeley backyard patch. Email me at if you Need it Now. And by the way, the hollow lovage stems make great swizzle-stick straws for Bloody Marys.