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You can find Lovage at any garden center in the summer - such as the Coop B/H - and at larger ones all year round.

I planted a small pot in my herb garden some years ago - and it keeps growing and growing and growing. No matter how much I use, no matter how much I cut it back, no matter how I neglect it, no matter how hard I try to kill it - it keeps growing and growing and growing. Neighbors now hide when they see me coming, for fear that I may be bringing them a basket of lovage.

Lovage is the kudzu of Switzerland.
Thank you Meloncollie!
I havent spotted it so far, but it is good to know that I can find it.
Lovage, along with tarragon, thyme, parsley and dill are The Herbs for me. I also like basil, oregano and mint, and probably others too....but I really miss a house smelling of something cooked with lovage...divine!
I will have a look at the places you recommended. Thanks again!

P.S. I kind of lost my hope when Swisscub said he last saw it in the garden of his grandmother..
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Old 25.01.2014, 23:23
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Thank you Meloncollie!
I havent spotted it so far, but it is good to know that I can find it.
Lovage, along with tarragon, thyme, parsley and dill are The Herbs for me. I also like basil, oregano and mint, and probably others too....but I really miss a house smelling of something cooked with lovage...divine!
I will have a look at the places you recommended. Thanks again!

P.S. I kind of lost my hope when Swisscub said he last saw it in the garden of his grandmother..
I expect it to become available in late February in real garden center like the one in Langnau am Albis (close to the rail-station, on the side of the Sihl-River)
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Re: Coriander Ruins My Life!

The problem is that many 'real' garden centres, here and in the UK, seem to be metamorphosing into Ikea stores.
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Old 26.01.2014, 10:12
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The problem is that many 'real' garden centres, here and in the UK, seem to be metamorphosing into Ikea stores.
Lordy isn't that the truth!

10 years ago we had a wonderful garden center down the road, run by a gentleman who was a true plantsman. He carried a wide variety of stock and could source just about anything I wanted. He was a veritable walking encyclopedia of garden knowledge, I could go to him with just about any problem and come away with a solution. A treasure.

But he retired.

And now the garden center has given over most of it's space to florist services, ceramic pots and garden furniture - and few of the employees are 'dirt under your fingernails' gardeners anymore. I suppose that's because few people in Switzerland have garden space anymore - balcony gardens are where the money is. A shame, but that's what happens when a rural village turns into a suburban bedroom community.

For those in the ZH/Ostschweiz areas, two garden centers that are still 'real':

Ernst Meier in Durnten ZH:
http://www.meier-ag.ch/cms/gartencenter/index.php
(Yes, they too have the Ikea-like furniture Austellung and restaurant upstairs, but they still have acres and acres of plants, an amazing variety, and the staff are knowledgeable gardeners. They are my go-to source for information today.)

And for fruit growers, Haeberli Beeren:
http://www.haeberli-beeren.ch/home


And getting back on topic, you'll find a ready supply of Coriander at Meier.
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Old 26.01.2014, 10:48
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Re: Coriander Ruins My Life!

I've often bought Lovage from my local Migros garden department. The most common name I've heard for it in the German speaking area is maggikraut. I love this herb in a fresh vinaigrette, soups, stews and chopped like parsley over salads.

Summer savory is also a versatile and tasty herb, Bohnenkraut in German.
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The problem is that many 'real' garden centres, here and in the UK, seem to be metamorphosing into Ikea stores.
That's very true but we have a lovely old fashioned style garden centre near here.
It's run by two brothers who know everything there is to know about gardens and there's not an IKEA looking piece of furniture or decor in sight.
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The problem is that many 'real' garden centres, here and in the UK, seem to be metamorphosing into Ikea stores.
In Zürich you still have BACHER

http://www.bacher-gartencenter.ch/

in Langnau am Albis on the S4
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The problem is that many 'real' garden centres, here and in the UK, seem to be metamorphosing into Ikea stores.

... same in the UK- and with staff who do not know the first thing about plants or gardening
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11 groans for insulting a herb?
Yup, 13 by now...
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Old 27.01.2014, 13:28
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Yup, 13 by now...
Some people feel very strongly about their herbs, you know
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Re: Coriander Ruins My Life!

I've not read this thread (not really my bag, man), but I'm curious how it's got to 130 replies. That's a lot of discussion for a leaf.
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Old 27.01.2014, 13:34
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11 groans for insulting a herb?
In some places, "puppy" is spelled "C-O-R-I-A-N-D-E-R".
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I've not read this thread (not really my bag, man), but I'm curious how it's got to 130 replies. That's a lot of discussion for a leaf.
Well it started off as "Coriander Love/Hate Wars" to "Herbs in General" discussions, all the way to "Where can I find Loveage" and back to "Celery or not!?"
As you can tell, it got out of hand!

So.... got that? If not, just start a Page 1... You say it's not your bag, but you know... it could be!
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THIS http://www.kraeuterfrauen.com/

gives a bit of the idea. But while the ones portrayed here (in the Toggenburg valley) are organised and have their gardens, the REAL Kräuterfrauen in the past during the day went through forests and accross valleys and hills and collected what nature offered. They knew for what which product could be used. They did not have shops but were asked by neighbours and family members about advice and stuff

Grandmum had learnt a lot from her mother, and so when we were bitten by an insect, she went with us to the forest, looked round and massaged some stuff into our skin. When somebody had a cold or the flu, she mixed a strange and horrible but effective herbal tea. Mum as girl and young woman had avoided this stuff at almost any price, but sometimes had to go through. It worked within less than two days.

In case of Great-GrandMum, it was free for the neighbours and family members, but she of course expected some gifts (cider, beer, wine etc)
Wollishofener, a big (and very belated!--life got complicated...) thank you for this, it's fascinating!
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Re: Coriander Ruins My Life!

Interesting... I just came across this article (a friend of mine posted it on facebook and it came up on my news feed) and I immediatly got reminded about this thread.

It would be a shame not to share it, so here you go.

http://reasoniamhere.com/2013/09/24/...ow-any-better/
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Interesting... I just came across this article (a friend of mine posted it on facebook and it came up on my news feed) and I immediatly got reminded about this thread.

It would be a shame not to share it, so here you go.

http://reasoniamhere.com/2013/09/24/...ow-any-better/
Except that for me it doesn't taste like a "bottle of old spice", rather like a bottle of...garbage (yes, it's that bad). Have no idea how the garbage could possibly taste, but it was the first word that came to my mind when I tasted coriander for the first time...
Unfortunately, you get it on your plate when you least expect it.

We should wear a T-shirt or something


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Re: Coriander Ruins My Life!

And for those of us who love coriander...

(Perhaps others would be best advised to scroll past this post... )

Found a little pot of 'Vietnamese Coriander', Persicaria odorata, at Meier - and my little pot has been growing and growing and growing. I've divided it into larger pots, given cuttings to everyone in the Quartier (passing strangers as well) and it keeps growing and growing and growing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persicaria_odorata

Marvelous stuff. Like a more lemony, maybe a bit peppery coriander. An interesting addition to the herb garden, highly recommended.
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And for those of us who love coriander...

(Perhaps others would be best advised to scroll past this post... )

Found a little pot of 'Vietnamese Coriander', Persicaria odorata, at Meier - and my little pot has been growing and growing and growing. I've divided it into larger pots, given cuttings to everyone in the Quartier (passing strangers as well) and it keeps growing and growing and growing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persicaria_odorata

Marvelous stuff. Like a more lemony, maybe a bit peppery coriander. An interesting addition to the herb garden, highly recommended.
Tried scrolling past, but that's impossible as the above is the last post on the list.... so as a service to others; here's something to scroll past to!
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Old 06.07.2014, 11:33
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And for those of us who love coriander...

(Perhaps others would be best advised to scroll past this post... )

Found a little pot of 'Vietnamese Coriander', Persicaria odorata, at Meier - and my little pot has been growing and growing and growing. I've divided it into larger pots, given cuttings to everyone in the Quartier (passing strangers as well) and it keeps growing and growing and growing.

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That's interesting because normal coriander hates being disturbed. I'll have to get some Persicaria odorata as I have trouble growing the everyday variety although this year it's being doing well.

This week almost every meal has had our coriander in it:

Salsas
Thai curries
Chili con carne.

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Re: Coriander Ruins My Life!

From the article: "Traditionally, in Vietnam Persicaria odorata is believed to repress sexual urges.". Does your partner make you eat it?
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