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Apium Graveolens is a species that belonged to the family Apiaceae.

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Apium Graveolens is a species that belonged to the family Apiaceae.

Overview of Apium Graveolens

• It is also known as celery or celeriac.
• Both the petioles and roots are eaten.
• Celery refers to the petiole section.
• Celeriac refers to the root section.
• Apium graveolens grows to a height of about 1m.
• The leaves are pinnate to bi-pinnate.
• The leaflets are about 3–6 cm long and 2–4 cm broad.
• The flowers are creamy-white.
• The flowers are 2–3 mm in diameter.
• They are produced in dense compound umbels.
• The seeds are broad ovoid to globose.
• The seeds are about 1.5–2 mm long and wide.
• Apium graveolens is used as a vegetable.
• It is used either for the crisp petiole or the fleshy taproot.
• The leaves are strongly flavored.
• They are used for flavoring soups and stews.
• It is also used as a dried herb.
• Celery seed is used in pills for relieving pain.
• Celery is a good source of minerals.
• It has important vitamins.
• It possesses no calories.

Nutrition (raw form) in Apium Graveolens

• Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
• Energy : 57 kJ (14 kcal)
• Carbohydrates : 3 g
• Sugars : 1.4 g
• Dietary fiber : 1.6 g
• Fat : 0.2 g
• Protein : 0.7 g
• Water : 95 g
• Vitamin C : 3 mg (4%)

Growing/Caring conditions of Apium Graveolens

• The plants are raised from seed.
• They are sown in a hot bed.
• They can be sown even in the open garden according to the season of the year.
• Sow it around early February.
• Allow the seed to germinate.
• Let it so in a moist and warm medium.
• Once it develops into a strong seedling, transplant.
• Germination takes about 10 to 12 weeks.
• One or two thinning can be done.
• They can be transplanted once germination occurs.
• Once they attain a height of 15–20 cm, they can be planted out in deep trenches.
• This is done for convenience of blanching.
• Celery needs a lot of moisture to grow and flourish.
• It needs well-drained soil.
• It requires a soil that is rich with mineral content.
• Celery is not an easy plant to grow.
• Proper maintenance and car is essential for it to flourish.

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