Celery in our A-Z - Cooking Index
The celery plant is slender and stands about 2 - 3 feet tall. It has three to five segmented leaves, and flowers with small white petals.
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. Celery Salt is used as a seasoning, in cocktails, notably to enhance the flavour of Bloody Mary cocktail.
With a crunchy texture and distinctive flavor, celery is often added to salads and cooked dishes.
Celery is widely grown in Europe, especially in Italy, France and Spain.
The whole plant is gently stimulating, nourishing, and restorative; it can be liquidized and the juice taken for joint and urinary tract inflammations, such as rheumatoid arthritis, cystitis or urethritis, for weak conditions and nervous exhaustion