Product: Celery Seeds
Latin Name: Apium graveolens syn. Apium celleri, Apium decumbens, Celeria graveolens, Carum graveolens.
Plant Family: Apiaceae
Other Names: Wild Celery, Smallage, Ajmod, Ajwain-Ka-Patta, Aches des Marais, Ajamoda, Ajmoda, Apii Frutus, Apio, Céleri, Fruit de Celeri, Graine de Céleri, Karmauli, Sellerie, Sellerifrö, Sedano, Karafs, Qin Cai, Selleriefruchte & Selleriesamen.
Description: Celery is an herbaceous biennial plant, native to Britain and Europe and now cultivated in China, India and the USA. It grows to a height of 1 metre and has a fleshy, knobbly taproot and a furrowed, branched stem. The leaves are pinnate to bi-pinnate, dark green in colour and glossy with coarsely toothed leaflets 3-6 cm in length. The flowers present in umbels and contain 5-7 umbellets of cream to off-white flowers that are 2-3 mm in diameter. The seeds are broad and ovoid in shape, 1.5 in length and 2 mm wide.
Celery seed has a strong and bitter flavour, so a little goes a long way; add them to savoury breads and scones, salad dressings, soups and casseroles, sprinkle on to salads such as coleslaw and potato salad. They make an excellent addition to homemade ketchup recipes and can be used as you would dill seed when making cucumber and gherkin pickles. The seeds can be ground as a salt substitute adding a savoury twist to mealtimes. The seeds can also be used to make a tisane to help calm a gassy stomach.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.