Celery

Celery originated from the Mediterranean. It was originally used for medicinal purposes as the seeds contain oil. In ancient times it was used to treat colds, flu, digestion and water retention problems.

The Greeks believed it to be a holy plant in classical times. However, it was the Italians who domesticated celery as a vegetable in the 17th century. It was then cultivated as hybrid plants and exported all over Europe and North America.

Today, in our part of the world it is used mainly as a flavouring herb and as a garnish for soups, salads and meats. You can also make celery tea which is quite refreshing.

20130630Garden (Peggy Chin)There are several varieties of celery with the two main ones being either yellow or green in colour. The most popular variety eaten raw is Pascal celery (Green).

Celery can be grown by seed. Seedlings are available at nurseries. Plant in well drained soil under semi-shade and not in direct sunlight. It likes to be moist. Fertilize with Miracle Gro All Purpose Plant Food once every two weeks. Celery can be harvested in four to six weeks. You can try drying the excess leaves to make celery flakes. Store these in an air-tight bottle and use to garnish your food.

 NB: Please remember to spike your lawn, as it will become soggy with the heavy rainfall. After the rain is over you would need to add nutrients to your lawn.

Until next week, happy gardening!

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