New Seasonal Product: Lovage

lovageLovage is a seasonal product now available from Flowerdale Farm through the Glenora Heritage Produce range. Lovage leaves have a strong aromatic smell and taste similar to celery. This European herb is a member of the parsley family and is frequently used in salads, casseroles, soups and stews as well as in potato, pork and poultry dishes.

Lovage combines well with apples, carrots, zucchini, cream cheese, ham, mushrooms, rice, sweetcorn and tomatoes. It also complements bay leaves, caraway, chilli, chives, dill, garlic, oregano, parsley and thyme. A unique application of Lovage is the ability to crystallize leaves and stems for decorating cakes.

Lovage is currently available in 50g punnets, with good supply anticipated for the next few months. All Glenora products are picked to order so please ensure orders are received to Flowerdale Farm by 8am each Tuesday or Friday.


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