Celeriac is also known as turnip-rooted celery or knob celery belonging to the genus Apium.
Overview of Celeriac
It is grown for its:
– edible roots
• Collectively, they are termed as celery root.
• Celeriac is a root vegetable.
• It has a bulbous hypocotyl.
• Celeriac refers to the root section.
Celeriac grows in:
• Mediterranean Basin
• Northern Europe
• North Africa
• Southwest Asia
• North America
It is used as an ingredient in:
– Other savory dishes
• They are used for flavoring soups and stews.
• It is also used as a dried herb.
• Its seed is used in pills for relieving pain.
• It is a good source of minerals.
• It has important vitamins.
• It possesses no calories.
• It is used either for the fleshy taproot.
Nutrition (raw form)
• Carbohydrates Sugars Dietary fiber
• Thiamine (vit. B1)
• Riboflavin (vit. B2)
• Niacin (vit. B3)
• Pantothenic acid (B5)
• Vitamin B6
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin K
Scientific classification of Celeriac
• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Eudicots
• (unranked) : Asterids
• Order : Apiales
• Family : Apiaceae
• Genus : Apium
• Species : A. graveolens
• Variety : rapaceum
• 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.