- KNOW YOUR VEG
versatile vegetable that is widely used in a variety
of recipes. It adds a fresh flavour as well as a distinctive
crunchy texture to both cooked dishes and salads.
Celery was first introduced to the UK in the 17th
century from Italy where the Romans used to wear it
as a protection against hangovers! When buying celery
look for regular shaped stalks that are not broken
or bruised, it should look moist and crisp and be
tight and compact. The darker the celery, (it can
range from white to darkish green) the stronger its
flavour. Over-large heads of celery tend to be stringy
and are best avoided.
How To Use Celery
can be eaten raw or cooked. It can be included in
a variety of salads including Waldorf salad where
it is combined with chopped, unpeeled red-skinned
apples and walnuts and dressed with mayonnaise.
Serve pieces of celery with sliced peppers and carrot
and cucumber chunks as crudité for savoury
dips. Serve the best inner stalks to accompany a
cheeseboard, with bread or biscuits and a small
dish of sea salt for dipping. Celery can be sautéed
or served au gratin as a vegetable side dish. It
adds flavour and texture to soups, stocks, casseroles
How To Prepare Celery
any damaged or bruised outer stalks (these can be
used for stock or soup) and trim off the leaves.
Separate the stalks, trim off the ends and pull
off any strings. Scrub well and rinse under cold
running water to remove any traces of soil or grit.
Slice into even-sized pieces for cooking and bite-sized
pieces for salads.
How To Cook Celery
can be pan-fried or served au gratin. To pan-fry
celery, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan, add
the chopped celery and season well, cook stirring
occasionally, for 10-15 minutes or until it is tender
but crisp. To cook celery au gratin, preheat the
oven to 190C, gas mark 5. Fry the celery as above,
transfer to an ovenproof dish and cover with cheese
sauce, top with grated Cheddar cheese and bake for
20 minutes or until golden brown.
How To Store Celery
in its plastic sleeve (if provided) in the fridge
for up to 1 week.
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