The leaves and roots are used fresh, especially in Ligurian cuisine. Lovage seasons soups, stews and herbal vinegars. In Austria and Germany Lovage is often called the "Maggi Herb" after a popular condiment.
Lovage originally came from Asia, but today it is largely grown in many parts of Europe. In the Mediterranean ,Lovage has been cultivated since the time of the ancient Romans.
see Anne Iburg "Dumont little spice encyclopedia", Eggolsheim, Dörfler Verlag GmbH