Celery is one of three vegetables considered the holy trinity (along with onions and bell peppers) of Louisiana Creole and Cajun cuisine. It is also one of the three vegetables (together with onions and carrots) that constitute the French mirepoix, which is often used as a base for sauces and soups.
Celery Salt is used as a seasoning, in cocktails (notably to enhance the flavour of Bloody Mary cocktails), on the Chicago-style hot dog, and in Old Bay Seasoning.
Because of the requirement to earth up celery, it can be a bit of a fiddle to grow at home, however, a neat cheat is to grow cutting celery which looks like parsley, has the flavour of celery and can be grown on a window sill.
Don't buy pre-cut sticks of celery, they dry out and go limp in days. Buy a complete bunch with the stems joined at the base. Bought in this manner, celery will stay crispy (in the fridge) for two weeks. If you can also buy celery with the leaves, they are a great way of easily adding flavour to a dish.
A bunch of celery consists of 8 or so stalks, celery hearts refer to the innermost, tender stalks.
How much does one cup of celery weigh?
Estimated US cup to weight equivalents:
|Celery||raw - sliced/chopped||
|100 grams||4 ounces|
|Celery||cooked - sliced/chopped||
|225 grams||8 ounces|
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