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Substitute for Lovage

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What may make a good substitute for the herb, lovage? I want to use lovage, or the substitute, in Olney's recipe for Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic.

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Lovage tastes like concentrated celery, so I would suggest celery or celery leaves if you must use something else.


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foodpairing.be suggests: Cardamom, Cumin, Mandarin peel, Origanum, Rosemary http://www.foodpairing.be/FoodInterchangeable.aspx?f=Lovage

I haven't tried those but they sound rather sketchy.

I agree with tighe, though: celery leaves make a good substitute. Parsley might be another option.

If you have a Maggi stock cube lying around - use that! - loveage is called Maggikraut in German :-)


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Not sure about that foodpairing site, although I like it's suggestion of replacing parsely with fried bacon!

If you have access to an indian\eastern grocery you might be able to get Ajwain seeds.


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"Chinese celery" at your local asian grocer is a smaller more concentrated flavor than standard celery, if you can't find lovage.


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You live in the bay area and can grow your own in pots. It grows like a weed and will self-seed readily if allowed to.

I live in the desert and always have two or three big pots of it at various stages of growth. I mulch it deeply to overwinter it and it will come right back in the spring. You don't have hard freezes so it will overwinter easily and keep growing, though not as vigorously as during warm weather.

The closest flavor is actually the tops of celery root or celeriac.


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I would say celery along with some anisey flavor source, maybe a bit of Pernod, for example.

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To me it tastes like "floral celery." Something like 3/4 celery leaves with 1/4 marjoram might suffice.


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The closest flavor is actually the tops of celery root or celeriac.

Was going to say...if you have access to celery root with the tops still on, it's pretty much identical in flavor, good call.


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