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 pithy, 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.