Why To Eat Celery Seeds?
Celery seed, also known as Apium graveolens is an annual spice. It’s a member the Umbelliferae or Apiaceae family. Celery stalks and celeriac are both made from the same plant. Smallage is the original wild celery. It can be found wild in Europe and Asia, in damp habitats. Celery is native to Nova Scotia, and has been introduced in approximately half of the United States. It is very bitter so it may have contributed to the development of sweeter varieties today. It is grown for its bulbous root, which is used as a vegetable.
The celery plant can grow up to two to three feet in height. It has strong leaf stems called petioles. These are the familiar celery stalks. Celery plants should be transplanted into trenches before reaching mature size. The stems are then covered with dirt. The stalks can be tied with newspaper to block any light from reaching them. Celery grown “in the dark” is not a bitter, dark green plant. It has been blanched to a light, green-white color with a sweet flavor.
Celery stalks are harvested with the roots and most of their leafy parts removed. This leaves several stalks that are connected at the base. To prepare for cooking, stalks must be separated from the group. They are then cut at the top and bottom and then cut into the appropriate lengths or chopped into small bits. Celery stalks can be eaten raw or with dips and spreads for appetizers. The bitter taste of the leafy parts is not something that people enjoy raw so they are often used to season foods. The whole stalks and leaves are used to flavor soups, casseroles, and stews.
Good To Know
Celery is good with onions, bell peppers, or onions and carrots. Celery, a bitter herb, is good with chicken and turkey. It is used in soups, sauces, and stuffings. Celery stalks are used as garnish on plates, and are placed in tall glasses for the Bloody Mary cocktail. Celery seeds are tiny fruits that can be used as seasoning. Celery seed can be used to spice soups, pickles, and salads. Celery seed can be ground and mixed together with salt to make celery salt. This salt is great for rice, pasta, and meat dishes.
Celery seed has a 2-3% content of essential oils, with d-limonene (the main component) and selinene (the major component). Celery juice is used by Indian Ayurveda practitioners for many ailments. It can be used to lower blood pressure, soothe indigestion, and relieve painful symptoms such as gout or rheumatism. Celery’s anti-inflammatory, diuretic and stress-reducing properties should be investigated further. Naomi has a number articles on the subject.