Organic Celery Seeds

Organic Celery Seeds
Organic Celery Seeds
Organic Celery Seeds Organic Celery Seeds
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300931 001
$6.13
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2.3 oz
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Celery, Apium graveolens, is from the family Apiaceae (parsley family). Other members of this family include asafoetida, caraway, carrots, culantro, dill, fennel and parsley. Commonly used as a vegetable, different parts of the world will use celery's roots, stalks and/ or seeds in cooking or they may be eaten raw (especially the stalks).

Celery is native to eastern and southern Europe and the Mediterranean.

Celery seeds, technically considered a fruit, are a relative newcomer to the spice world, and these seeds are the smallest of any used for seasoning. Celery seeds are so small that it takes more than 45,000 of them to yield one ounce. But don't let their diminutive size fool you, as it only takes a couple of these tiny, aromatic seeds to bring on a mouthful of celery stalk flavor!

Celery seeds are grayish green to brown in color and their texture and size has been compared to poppy seeds. Celery seeds have a stronger and more intense flavor than the root, stem or leaf.

Celery seed is not well-known in Western herbal medicine, although it has been used medicinally for thousands of years in other parts of the world. During ancient times, Ayurvedic medicine used celery seed to treat colds, the flu, water retention, poor digestion, various types of arthritis and certain diseases of the liver and spleen. Ayurvedic medicine ("Ayurveda" for short) is one of the world's oldest holistic ("whole-body") healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India and is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the body, mind and spirit.

Celery Seeds have 2% to 3% essential oil primarily terpenes, mostly limonene (68%).

Celery Seeds are called karaf (Arabic), qin chai (Mandarin), celeri (French), sellerie (German), ajmud (Hindi), serori (Japanese), aipo (Portuguese), seldjerey (Russian) and apio (Spanish).

 

Celery Seed History

The oldest record of the word "celeri" is in a 9th-century poem written in France or Italy, describing the medicinal uses and merits of the plant.

Celery leaves, which were entwined into garlands, were discovered in the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun (better known as King Tut who was born in 1341 BC and ruled from 1332 to 1323 BC when he died at the age of 19). An archeological dig in the southern region of Samos, Greece uncovered pieces of celery seed bearing carpels that dated back to 600 BC.  

When it was first cultivated in Italian and northern European gardens in the 1500s, it was still a primitive wild plant and was used for medicinal purposes only. In 1623, the use of celery as a food was first recorded in France. By the middle of the 17th century, the little stalks and leaves were occasionally eaten with an oil dressing in both France and Italy.

In the late 1600s and early 1700s, in England, France and Italy, domestication improvements of wild celery were taking hold. Farmers found that much of the overly potent flavor could be drastically reduced by growing the plants in late summer and early fall and keeping them until winter. This made the stalks more palatable for use in salads.

By the mid-18th century in Sweden, wealthier families were enjoying celery that had been stored in cellars as a wintertime luxury. The use of celery, as we know it today, spread rapidly from there. There are no documents showing which group of European colonists introduced celery to America, but by 1806 there were four noted cultivated varieties found throughout the east coast region.

 

Celery Seed Cultivation

Celery Seed doesn't actually come from the same celery plant that we eat.

The ancestor of celery is a plant called "wild celery" or "smallage", and "wild celery" is still grown in Asia, where they prefer the stronger flavor. From Smallage, two descendants were carefully cultivated. "Stem Celery", the celery that we eat for its stalks, and "Celeriac", the celery that we eat for its roots. The seeds are taken from wild celery. Wild celery produces white flowers in its second year, and then seeds.

Celery Seed is commercially cultivated in India, France, Britain, Japan, China, Hungary and the United States. The seeds grown in India are stronger and larger than Chinese celery seeds, while French seeds are a bit darker.

Depending on the time of year our organic celery seed may be cultivated in Egypt, India, the Netherlands and the US.

 

Cooking with Celery Seed

Bengalis and North Indians add celery seeds to chutneys, curries and pickles. Acadians (French colonists who first settled on Canada's eastern shore and then also migrated down into Louisiana and became known as Cajuns) have long used celery seeds, along with mustard, bay and thyme, as one of their foundation spices in their Cajun seasoning blends.

Celery seeds can be used in a variety of dishes in their whole or freshly ground form. Use the distinctive, pungent flavor of celery seeds in your bread, brine recipes, casseroles, chicken soup, cole slaw, eggs, meat, pickles, vegetable dishes, gravies, salad dressings, sauces, sauerkraut, stuffing, stews and fresh tomato juice.  

When celery seed is ground and mixed with salt it becomes the popular Celery Salt.

Celery seeds works well in combination with salt, onion and bell peppers.

Cooking tends to enhance its sweetness and reduce its bitterness. Too much celery seed can overpower a dish, whereas a little enhances the flavors in other foods.

Our favorite recipes that make wonderful use of celery seeds are Southwestern Tilapia Tacos and Creole Seasoned Baked Steak .

 

Flavor Profile

Celery seed has a hay-like, grassy, slightly bitter taste and aroma.


Celery Seed Substitutions and Conversions
You can also substitute Celery Seed in many dishes that call for fresh celery.

One teaspoon of celery seed equals 2 tablespoons minced celery tops. Replacements for celery seed include dill seed or celery salt (reduce the salt elsewhere in the recipe).

 

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving

Calories10

% Daily Value*

Total Fat1g1%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g

Cholesterol0mg0%

Sodium4.3mg0%

Total Carbohydrate1.1g0%

Dietary Fiber0.3g1%

Total Sugars0.0g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g

Protein0.5g1%

Vitamin D0mcg0%

Calcium5mg0%

Iron1mg7%

Potassium0mg0%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

4.9 out of 5
7 total ratings.

Rose W. (Verified buyer) 12/08/2020
So fresh and delicious Wow these celery seeds are so good in my soups and stews. The shipments from Spicy are fast. I highly recommend buying them!! You will not be disappointed!!

Christine R. (Verified buyer) 07/07/2020
Good rich flavor Good rich flavor

lynn k. (Verified buyer) 01/05/2020
quality spices ordered 6 chef sizes of various spices celery seed included for making venison sausage and the quality of spices is excellent. so glad we found this company. thanks

Joe W. (Verified buyer) 11/22/2019
Awesome really helps me with Awesome really helps me with my Gout

Clydette B. (Verified buyer) 08/09/2019
Love this celery seed Great taste, I enjoy all the spices I have ordered from this site.

Alice B. (Verified buyer) 11/12/2018
organic celery seed Bought your organic celery seed to make celery seed tea. Very good and love the health benefits!

Michael W. (Verified buyer) 01/28/2022
works well works well
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