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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 and "seeds" or fruit of which are used to flavor food, especially in South European cuisine. It is a tall (3 to 7ft) 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.

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. On the other hand, what is sold as "celery seed" is often partially or entirely ground lovage seed.

The root of lovage is used as a diuretic.

In German, one of the common names of Lovage is Maggikraut because the plant's taste is reminiscent of Maggi soup seasoning.

Lovage tea can be applied to wounds as an antiseptic, or drunk to stimulate digestion.

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