Lovage / Kao ben Root Cut & Sifted

Lovage / Kao ben Root Cut & Sifted

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Lovage, also known as Sea Parsley, Love Root and Kao Ben, is a perennial member of the parsley family that is native to Europe and southern Asia and now naturalized in the northeastern and central US.

In many parts of Europe, the leaf is eaten as a salad green and the root as a vegetable. Dried lovage root is used to make teas, infusions and tinctures.

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approximate cups to one pound
active compoundsCoumarins, Plant acids, Resins, Gums, Beta-sitosterol, Phthalides
plant part usedroot
processingcut & sifted

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips
storage tipsKeep in a container with a tight-fitting lid in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaWoody with a slightly resinous aroma.


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culinaryThe dried root is used in traditional herbal bitters and teas. It may also be tinctured.
safetyContains coumarins, so check with your doctor if you take anticoagulant drugs. May increase photosensitivity if taken long-term.

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flavor profile

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lovage root

Lovage root is bitter tasting. Blend with other herbs to improve flavor.

formulas & recipes

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what else you should know

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Lovage, also known as sea parsley and love root, is a perennial herb in the celery family that is thought to be original to Eurasia. While the leaves are still harvested as a salad green and vegetable, the tough, fibrous root was at one time considered valuable against “pestilential disorders.”

Lovage root contains a number of active compounds, including coumarins, eugenol and 1,8-cineole. The herb also has a quercetin content that is second only to green tea and capers. Be aware, however, that lovage root also contains a significant amount of furanocoumarins, chemicals that protect the plant from predators that also also increase photosensitivity in people.

Description: The lovage plant is a perennial that grows natively in Europe and Asia. It has yellow flowers and small seeds that are harvested in the summer. The root is pulled up in the fall.

Safety: Lovage should not be taken by women who are pregnant. Consult your health care provider before beginning use of any herb.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.