Apium graveolens is plant species, and yields two important vegetables known as celery and celeriac.
French: céleriGerman: Sellerie
Portuguese: aipo, salsão
Apium graveolens is used around the world as a vegetable, either for the crisp stems or fleshy taproot.
In temperate countries, celery is also grown for its seeds, which yield a valuable volatile oil used in the perfume and pharmaceutical industries.
Celery seeds can be used as flavouring or spice either as whole seeds or, ground and mixed with salt, as celery salt. Celery salt can also be made from an extract of the roots.
It is used as a seasoning, in cocktails (notably to enhance the flavour of Bloody Mary cocktails), on the Chicago-style hot dog, and in Old Bay Seasoning.
Celery is one of three vegetables considered the holy trinity (along with onions and bell peppers) of Louisiana Creole and Cajun cuisine. It is also one of the three vegetables (together with onions and carrots) that constitute the French mirepoix, which is often used as a base for sauces and soups.
Celery is a vegetable that is popular with the health conscious. It is almost absent of calories, yet contains important vitamins and minerals. Being almost absent of calories, the process of eating consumes calories, netting you a negative calorie meal or snack!
Despite their very mild flavor, people munch on them all day long. While some people complain that it has little taste, it's that mild taste that makes it such a great tool for dipping into your favorite dip, salad dressing, or sauce. It also adds a little crunch to recipes.
Celery is not commonly found in the home garden, despite the fact that is is a very common item in the grocery store. The reason is Celery is a little more difficult to grow than the common garden fruits and vegetables.
Celery originated in the Mediterranean. It has been grown as a food crop for thousands of years.
There are a limited number of varieties of celery on the market.
Last Updated: 08/28/2007 02:11:49 PM