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Celery seed

Umbelliferae Apium graveolens L. (Dulce group)

Source: Magness et al. 1971

As a condiment, the seeds of celery are used either as the whole seeds or ground and mixed with salt in celery salt. For seed production, celery plants are exposed to cold, mainly by over wintering in mild climates. They then develop the seed stalks, 2 to 3 feet tall. Seeds are numerous in compound umbels. The small seeds are flattened and broader than long. Harvest, by pulling the plants, allowing them to dry, then threshing, is in late summer of the second growing season.

Season, start of growth second year to harvest: 5 to 6 months.

Production in U.S.: About 30 acres, mostly for planting.

Use: On baked goods and as seasoning.

Part of plant used as condiment: Seed only.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch