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==Description==
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Celery, a household staple to some, an [[:Category: Appetizer Recipes|appetizer]] or [[:Category: Snack Recipes|snack]] to others, either way, this beloved vegetable has made its way into millions of households over the years. Celery has its roots in sixteenth century northern European history. Celery is related to [[anise]], [[carrot|carrots]], [[parsley]] and [[parsnip|parsnips]].
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== About Celery ==
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'''Celery''' consists of long, slender green stalks that surround a pale green central "heart", all joined at the bulbous base. Crisp, fresh raw celery enlivens salads and snacks, while cooked celery adds delicate texture to soups, stews, and stocks. The leaves, trimmed from the stalks, can be reserved to flavor stocks. Select moist, rigid stalks and store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Dried celery seeds are used whole as a seasoning.
   
Celery is often sold in loose stalks and also pre-packaged celery hearts. Celery hearts are the inner ribs of the celery. Today celery is predominately grown domestically in California and Florida with many different varieties on the market, the most common being Pascal. A member of the carrot family, celery was first recorded as a plant in France in 1623 and was probably developed either there or in Italy.
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== Preparing Celery ==
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Separate celery ribs and rinse thoroughly as dirt is often lodged between the ribs. To serve raw or in cooked dishes, simply cut to desire length.
   
Its seed was brought to Kalamazoo, Michigan, in the 1850s from Scotland, and it became a commercial crop there.
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== Storing Celery ==
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Celery should be refrigerated in a plastic bag and placed in the crisper for up to two weeks. If the ribs are wilted, separate the ribs and place them in a bowl of ice water for several minutes before use.
   
== Availability and Selection ==
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Martha Stewart recommends wrapping celery in tin foil rather than plastic to keep longer.
   
Celery is available year round. Select celery that is compact in shape where the ribs feel firm and crisp and the leaves are green. Avoid celery that is bruised or discolored.
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== [[:Category:Celery Recipes|Celery Recipes]] ==
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==Storage and Preparation==
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Celery should be refrigerated in a plastic bag and placed in the crisper for up to two weeks. If the ribs are wilted, separate the ribs and place them in a bowl of [[water|ice]] water for several minutes before use.
 
 
Separate celery ribs and rinse thoroughly as dirt is often lodged between the ribs. To serve raw or in cooked dishes, simply cut to desire length.
 
 
==Source==
 
*[http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/month/celery.html Fruit & Vegetable of the Month: Celery & Fennel] by the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, public domain government resource -- original source of article
 
 
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Latest revision as of 23:05, December 1, 2012

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About Celery Edit

Celery consists of long, slender green stalks that surround a pale green central "heart", all joined at the bulbous base. Crisp, fresh raw celery enlivens salads and snacks, while cooked celery adds delicate texture to soups, stews, and stocks. The leaves, trimmed from the stalks, can be reserved to flavor stocks. Select moist, rigid stalks and store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Dried celery seeds are used whole as a seasoning.

Preparing Celery Edit

Separate celery ribs and rinse thoroughly as dirt is often lodged between the ribs. To serve raw or in cooked dishes, simply cut to desire length.

Storing Celery Edit

Celery should be refrigerated in a plastic bag and placed in the crisper for up to two weeks. If the ribs are wilted, separate the ribs and place them in a bowl of ice water for several minutes before use.

Martha Stewart recommends wrapping celery in tin foil rather than plastic to keep longer.

Celery Recipes Edit

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