The wild form of celery is known as smallage. It was in the 17th and 18th centuries that celery was developed by breeding the bitterness out of smallage! Celery leaves may be used as an herb or garnish.
How to Select
Choose straight, rigid celery stalks with fresh leaves. Avoid woody or limp stalks. Should smell fresh, not musty.
How to Store
Trim bases. Remove any damaged leaves. Rinse. Refrigerate celery in a plastic bag with some air holes for a week or more.
How to Prepare
Separate stalks. Rinse in cold water. Trim tip of each stalk. Eat raw: Have as snack with dip, spread with peanut butter or cream cheese, chop and add to potato salad, tuna salad, chicken salad, and other cold salads. Eat cooked: Add to stir-fries, stuffing, chicken soup and other soups and stews.
Recipes with this vegetable
Apple & Celery Harvest Salad
Celery adds a delightful crunch to this seasonal apple salad. It's low in calories and high in flavor!
"Mock Potato" Salad, with Cauliflower
This cauliflower salad is lower in calories and carbs than traditional potato salad, and is delicious!
Colorful Rice Salad
This delicious and versatile salad may be used as a side dish or a one dish meal.
Orange Rice Salad
This is a great way to incorporate three food groups: grains, fruits and vegetables.