Celery Root: the ugliest vegetable you will ever love

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Celeriac on TableJust think of celeriac (also known as celery root) as a celery-flavored potato or potato-like celery. You can eat it cooked or raw. Celeriac is a member of the celery family and is grown as a root vegetable. Unlike other root vegetables, celeriac is very low in starch.

Several celeriac tips:
-This one is fairly obvious, but you’ll want to scrub it and then cut off the outer layer.
-Like apples, if you dip it in lemon water it will keep raw celeriac from browning.
-Celeriac pairs perfectly with Thyme, which is in the Herb & Allium of the Week.

Celery root can be roasted, boiled, and eaten raw. LA Weekly offers 5 great recipes for celery root.

Celery root soup is a perennial favorite
Basic – Cream of Celery Root Soup
Creative – Apple Celeriac Thyme Soup
Fancy – Potato Celeriac Soup with Herb Crème Fraiche

 

This Week’s Field Goods Favorite
Celeriac

celeriacOur favorite really ugly vegetable. NPR calls it “the vegetable world’s ugly duckling”, but we like to think its looks add to its charm… When peeled, celeriac’s flesh resembles that of a turnip and tastes like a subtle blend of celery and parsley. Additionally, half a cup contains only 30 calories, no fat and provides an excellent source of dietary fiber. More info

Celeriac and Potato Soup
Celeriac and Apple
Celeriac Chips
Smashed Celeriac
Celeriac Coleslaw

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