Celery is a mild-flavored, green, tube-like, stalk vegetable that is valuable in making stocks, stews, soups and sauces. It is also excellent in raw salads or on it's own with dip.
Celery also has medicinal properties, acting as a diurectic and stimulating proper bladder and kidney function. It is also believed to be helpful in treating ailments such as arthritis, asthma and bronchitis.
Long, thick, juicy stalks
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
Celery is used in weight-loss diets, where it provides low-calorie dietary fibre bulk. Celery contains androstenone. Celery seeds are also a great source of calcium, and are regarded as a good alternative to animal products.
Conserving and Storing
Store celery in a perforated bag in the vegetable drawer in your fridge. Until you're ready to use your celery, leave the stalks attached to the base to retain it's freshness.
Under optimal conditions, celery can be stored for up to seven weeks between 0 to 2 °C (32 to 36 °F). Inner stalks may continue growing if kept at temperatures above 0 °C (32 °F). Freshly cut petioles of celery are prone to decay, which can be prevented or reduced through the use of sharp blades during processing, gentle handling, and proper sanitation. When wrapped in aluminum foil, the stalk will stay fresh for several weeks.