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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Levisticum
Species: L. officinale
Binomial name
Levisticum officinale
L. Koch.

Lovage (Levisticum officinale) is a plant, the leaves of which are used to flavor food, especially in South European cuisine. It is a tall (3 to 5 ft) perennial that vaguely resembles celery in appearance and in flavor. Lovage also sometimes gets referred to as smallage, but this is more properly used for celery. Image File history File links Source: List of Koehler Images Copyright expired due to age of image Source: from Koehlers Medicinal-Plants 1887 File links The following pages link to this file: Lovage ... Scientific classification or biological classification is how biologists group and categorize extinct and living species of organisms. ... Divisions Land plants (embryophytes) Non-vascular plants (bryophytes) Hepatophyta - liverworts Anthocerophyta - hornworts Bryophyta - mosses Vascular plants (tracheophytes) Lycopodiophyta - clubmosses Equisetophyta - horsetails Pteridophyta - true ferns Psilotophyta - whisk ferns Ophioglossophyta - adderstongues Seed plants (spermatophytes) †Pteridospermatophyta - seed ferns Pinophyta - conifers Cycadophyta - cycads Ginkgophyta - ginkgo Gnetophyta - gnetae Magnoliophyta - flowering plants Adiantum pedatum (a fern... Classes Magnoliopsida - Dicots Liliopsida - Monocots The flowering plants (also angiosperms or Magnoliophyta) are one of the major groups of modern plants, comprising those that produce seeds in specialized reproductive organs called flowers, where the ovulary or carpel is enclosed. ... Orders see text Dicotyledons or dicots are flowering plants whose seed contains two embryonic leaves or cotyledons. ... Families Apiaceae (carrot family) Araliaceae (ginseng family) Pittosporaceae Griseliniaceae Torriceliaceae The Apiales are an order of flowering plants. ... Genera See text Ref: Hortiplex 2003-11-14 The Apiaceae, the carrot or parsley family, are a family of usually aromatic plants with hollow stems, including parsley, carrot, and other relatives. ... In biology, binomial nomenclature is a standard convention used for naming species. ... Carolus Linnaeus ~Carl Linnaeus~, also known after his ennoblement as Carl von Linné (   listen?), and in English usually under the Latinized name Carolus Linnaeus (May 23, 1707 – January 10, 1778), was a Swedish botanist who laid the foundations for the modern scheme of taxonomy. ... In botany, a leaf is an above-ground plant organ specialized for photosynthesis. ... A Red Valerian, a perennial plant. ... Binomial name Apium graveolens L. Celery (Apium graveolens) is a herbaceous biennial plant in the family Apiaceae, native to the coasts of western and northern Europe, most commonly in ditches and saltmarshes. ...

The fruit of the lovage plant can be used as a spice, but what appears in the trade as lovage seed is usually ajwain, not lovage. Fruit stall in Barcelona, Spain. ... Screen shot of Spice OPUS, a fork of Berkeley SPICE SPICE (Simulation Program with Integrated Circuits Emphasis) is a general purpose analog circuit simulator. ... Ajwain (also known as Carom, Ajowan, Bishops Weed and Seeds Of Bishops Weed), is an uncommon spice except in certain areas of Asia. ...

The root of lovage is used as a diuretic. A diuretic is any drug that tends to increase the flow of urine from the body (diuresis). ...

External links

  • Gernot Katzer's Spice Pages - Lovage (Levisticum officinale Koch)

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Under relatively unfussy conditions, a tiny lovage seed can produce a plant that will reach a whopping 5 feet in height—and every bit of the plant, from the top leaves to the deep root, can be used in the kitchen.
Benedictine monks used lovage roots as an ingredient in a stomach-settling cordial during the Middle Ages, and Charlemagne decreed that it be grown in all of his gardens.
Over the centuries, lovage has been grown and harvested as a soothing bath cologne, diuretic, treatment for rheumatism and migraine, and as a love charm and aphrodisiac, a usage that gave birth to its nickname of "love parsley".
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Lovage root contains 0.6 to 1.0% of a volatile oil, the principal constituents (70%) of which are a series of lactone derivatives known as phthalides.
Lovage is significantly diuretic and antimicrobial, and is commonly taken for urinary tract complaints.
Lovage may stimulate menstruation and induce miscarriage if consumed in very large quantities, as is sometimes done for medicinal purposes.
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