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Celery

Apium graveolens
Year round

In Our Garden


Tango
An early and heavily yielding variety, Tango’s stalks are tender and sweet but not stringy.

In History

Native to marshy land, garlands of celery leaves were found in the Egyptian tomb of King Tutankhamen. Believed to be native to southern Europe, celery gained popularity in Italy during the 15th century. Celery’s Latin name, Apium graveolens comes from a derivation of the Celtic word for “water”, referring to its preferred habit in marshy areas, and graveolens meaning heavily-scented, referring to its unmistakable fragrance.

Cultivation

Growing Tips:
A cool season crop, celery is partially hardy to frosts and light freezes. For best results give celery rich, moist soil that drains well.

Maturing celery can often suppress weed growth with its dense foliage.

Harvesting Tips:
Harvest self-blanching varieties before the first frost from mid-summer to early fall and harvest blanched varieties after the first frost.

Why It's Good for You

Celeriac, a relative to celery, is loaded with vitamins and minerals. One cup raw supplies 80% of the Daily Value for vitamin K, a vitamin needed for bone health along with 15% of the Daily Value for potassium, fiber and vitamin C.

Celery contains phytochemical compounds known as coumarins which have proven effective in cancer prevention and lowering blood pressure.

Did You Know

If left to flower, celery attracts beneficial insects that help naturally control pest populations and aid in pollination.

Celery’s distinct fragrance and taste come from compounds called phthalides, which are the same as those found in walnuts and lovage.

Let's Eat

How to Buy:
Choose bunches of celery with pale green stocks and sturdy, darker green leaves. Also inspect the heart for discoloration or bumpy skin.

How to Store:
Celery can be stored in a bag in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. It is also suitable for drying and freezing.

How to Prepare:
The tender inner stocks of celery are best for eating raw and the outer stocks are a better fit for cooking. The leaves also make a great addition to stocks.

 

Pest Management


Here is a list of common pests and diseases that may affect your celery in California. For more information follow the link provided to the University of California Integrated Pest Management website.
  • Nematodes
    There are many types of these microscopic roundworms working both below and above the soil in California. The root-feeding kinds are extremely adept at reducing a plant’s ability to uptake water and other soil nutrients, resulting in wilting of the plant above ground…
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  • Crater rot
    This fungus requires moist, warm soil conditions in order to operate. It presents as dry, brown or black lesions that can become sunken craters on the inner or outer surfaces of the lower portion of celery stalks…
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  • Celery mosaic virus
    Usually transferred by aphids, this virus causes a mosaic pattern on plant leaves, and often crinkles or disfigures foliage…
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  • Pink rot
    While pink rot can develop throughout the lifespan of the plant, mature plants are most susceptible to this water-soaking and decay-causing disease…
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  • Lygus bug
    These bugs initiate elongated lesions in celery stalks through their membrane-piercing feeding technique…
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  • Leaf spot
    This is a fungus that affects the plant leaves. As leaf spot spreads, foliage yellows and curls…
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  • Aphids
    In the early 19th century, the Phylloxera aphid wiped out the grape production throughout Western Europe. Aphids are extremely prolific, producing upwards of 20 generations in one season. They live in dense populations, and when living situations become too stressed they can flee by growing wings…
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  • Beet Armyworm
    Distinguishable from other wormlike pests, armyworms practice social eating habits. They tend to feed in groups…
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  • Leafminers
    These are the small larvae of flies and moths that feed beneath the surface of the leaf, leaving behind signature twisting trails visible to the eye. They rarely cause serious damage to fruits or roots…
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