By Mother’s Day in Seattle my lovage is just big enough to afford several drinking straws for the brunch bloody mary. Lovage is a great herb – easy to grow, perennial and hardy. It smells like a strong version of celery and leaves can be used in soups when you find that celery in your produce drawer is a bit under the weather.
The best part about lovage is that it’s hollow inside.
This makes it perfect for drinking something like a bloody mary. Since so much of taste is smell, every sip you take imparts the perfect amount of celery-like aroma that makes it the most memorable bloody mary of the year. And how fun is that – to drink out of something green? When you’re done it goes in the compost heap. Mother Nature’s drinking straw – on Mother’s Day. So fitting.