Vegetable: A plant with a long, whitened leafstalk. It is eaten raw or cooked. It grows in fertile, moist, temperate areas.
Cultivation: Celery is cultivated around the world.
Seasonality: Celery is harvested from early autumn to late spring.
Uses: Celery has an edible root as well as an edible stalk - it is the latter for which it is best known in the west. It is used in salads or in stews and curries. It is also used as a drinking straw and is particularly associated with the 'Bloody Mary' cocktail. Celery is also grown for its seeds, which are used in the pharmaceutical industry in making oils, and can also be used as a spice.
Health Value: Celery seeds have long been used as a pain relief in traditional medicines. It is also popular in weight-control diets, as it has a very low calorie count, whilst at the same time providing high levels of dietary fibre. On the other hand, celery is known for provoking allergic reactions in some people.
Types and Varieties: There are several varieties, including Prinz, Diamant, Kojak and Ibis.