Celery is composed of leaf-topped stalks arranged in a conical shape and joined at a common base. The stalks have a crunchy texture and a delicate, but mildly salty, taste. The stalks in the center are called the heart and are the most tender. Celery is an excellent source of vitamin C.
Celery should have straight, green stalks with rigid ribs that snap crisply when bent. The inside surfaces should be clean and smooth, and the leaves should be fresh and well colored, with no signs of wilting. Celery Hearts represent the best of the celery stalk and are closely trimmed approximately 9 inches from the base, uniformly cut and premium packaged.
Store celery in the crisper or produce drawer of the refrigerator, up to one week. Wash right before eating. Store away from ethylene-producing fruits to avoid discoloration, spotting or decay.
Celery be eaten raw or cooked. Slice stalks and add to your favorite stir-fry dishes. Stuff stalks with herbed goat cheese or flavored cream cheese for a healthy kids snack. Use stalks as vegetable dippers. Chop stalks (leaves too!) and add to soups, stews or pasta sauce. Don’t forget celery and peanut butter, add some raisins for the kids favorite, Ants on a Log!