What did the celery
stand-up comic say?

Oh, he was just doing his shtick.

What did the celery stand-up comic say?

Oh, he was just doing his shtick.

The Ungrateful Vegetable

Wild celery is about half the size of the kind we mostly eat today, and its flavour is very strong. The Romans called it selinon (sell-ee-non). The Ancient Egyptians believed wild celery made you tall and strong, just like the stalks.

Italian farmers heaped the soil around the stalks to make them tender, pale green, and less bitter. The new celery was described as more ‘grateful’ than the wild stuff, so clearly those farmers thought it was worth the effort.

Australia has benefited from that Italian farming know-how, and like many other vegetables, Australian farmers have developed sweeter, mild and pale stalks. Crunch!

The Ungrateful Vegetable

Wild celery is about half the size of the kind we mostly eat today, and its flavour is very strong. The Romans called it selinon (sell-ee-non). The Ancient Egyptians believed wild celery made you tall and strong, just like the stalks.

Italian farmers heaped the soil around the stalks to make them tender, pale green, and less bitter. The new celery was described as more ‘grateful’ than the wild stuff, so clearly those farmers thought it was worth the effort.

Australia has benefited from that Italian farming know-how, and like many other vegetables, Australian farmers have developed sweeter, mild and pale stalks. Crunch!

Did you know?

Celery is 95% water. Some people say you use more energy to chew and digest celery than celery provides to you. Scientists have checked – and it’s not true.

Still, celery is great for providing water to your body and it’s good for your heart, too.

Magical, mythical celery

Bees go loopy for the flowers of celery. The name of the plant in Latin is Apius graveolens and ‘Apius’ is the name for bee. Celery is bee-you-tiful to bees, and always has been.

And here’s a great myth: Medieval magicians put celery seeds in their shoes believing this would made them fly! (We wish it worked.)

Stamping Sticks

Move over, potato prints – celery stalks make great paint stampers! Take a stick of celery and slice it into short pieces (or have an adult do it for you).

Dip the end into paint, and stamp away! The rounded, scale-shaped stamps it makes can become the scales of a fish, the petals of a flower, feathers of a peacock and toes of a kangaroo. What can you make?

Download the printable PDF version

Check out our delicious recipes using celery