CELERY ROOT, TURNIP-ROOTED CELERY, CELERIAC Scientific Name:
Apium graveolens rapaceumSeeds:
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- Celery root is a variety of celery with an enlarged edible bulb that is irregularly rounded and the size of a large potato.
- It is often called turnip-rooted celery, celeriac or knob celery.
- Celery root needs pH 5.2 to 8.3, full sun and enough moisture in the growing season otherwise the bulb will be small and tough.
- The bulb is hardy and can be left in the ground over winter, to be harvested as required.
- The leaves are used the same way as celery.
- The bulb may be washed and peeled/sliced off and added fresh to salad or it can be roasted, boiled or pureed and served as a base for chicken or fish.
- It can be used on its own, usually mashed or used in casseroles, gratins, baked dishes, soups and stews.
- Unlike other root vegetables, which store a large amount of starch, celery root contains only about 5-6% starch - can be used as non-starch substitute for potatoes in a warming meal.
- The hollow stalks of the leaves are sometimes cut into drinking straw lengths, rinsed and used in the serving of tomato-based drinks such as the Bloody Mary cocktail. The tomato juice is then lightly flavored with celery as it passes through the stalk.
Medicinal Uses. It is said that:
- The whole plant: bulb, stalks, leaves and seeds.
- The bulb is harvested in autumn and can be used fresh or dried.
- It normally keeps well and should last three to four months if stored in a cool place and not allowed to dry out.
- Celery root has the same medicinal properties than celery but it is a little milder.
- It is an aromatic bitter tonic herb that reduces high blood pressure, relieves indigestion, stimulates the uterus and is treating rheumatism and kidney complaints.
- The whole plant is liquidized to extract the juice.
- Not be prescribed for pregnant women.
- Seeds purchased for cultivation purposes should not be used for medicinal use as they are dressed with fungicide.
- The growing plant repels the cabbage white fly - good companion plant for leeks, tomatoes, French beans and brassicas.
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