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The plant (also lavas or lust stick; lat. Levisticum officinale) has a strong aroma similar to the Maggi spice, which is why it is also called Maggi herb (the well-known spice does not contain lovage, however). It is a hardy, herbaceous plant that can reach growth heights of 1 to 2.5 metres. The whole plant has an intense aromatic smell. The taste is also similar to that of celery, but is sharper and more bitter. The aromatic substance sotolon is responsible for the typical, roast-like taste. Especially oxidatively matured wines can have this tone, which reminds of caramel. See also under Wine Address.

Liebstöckel - Illustration, Blütenstand und Laubblätter

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