Celery – Versatile Vegetable


The celery cultivated today is derived from real celery. True celery was common throughout Europe, North and South Africa, India, and western Asia. Celery plants prefer to grow in saline soils, especially in coastal areas.


When it comes to celery, a distinction is generally made between two growth forms, celeriac, and celery. Both subspecies have characteristic properties and are suitable for different purposes. Therefore, the detailed information follows separately for each subspecies.

The origin of cultivated celery is the so-called real celery or swamp celery. Celery is native to all of Europe, but it is also found in India, North and South Africa, and western Asia. Celery belongs to the large umbelliferae family. These plants owe their name to their flowers, which attach to a stem and are called umbels.


The main celery season in Germany runs from October to April, but it is available all year round.


There are basically two subspecies of celery: on the one hand as tuber or root celery, recognizable by a thickened root part, on the other hand as bleached, herbaceous, stem, stalk or cut celery with stalks that are suitable for consumption. Celeriac and celery stand for strong aromas with spicy-fresh accents.


While the perennials are eaten raw, the tuber is mainly used as a soup vegetable. In addition, celery combines well with salad and is even the main ingredient in our celery salad. For this, celeriac can be washed and peeled. You can also grate it and serve as part of our raw vegetable salad. The leaves of the celery can also be washed and served with it. You can also visually enhance our Bloody Mary using the sticks.


Celery is easy to store uncut in the refrigerator. The tuber can be stored in the refrigerator for a few weeks. celery up to a week.

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Written by John Myers

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