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Everyday Food, Volume 30 March 2006

Bring this vegetable-bin staple front and center -- you'll be surprised with the results. Try it in a satiny soup, an Asian stir-fry, or a creamy gratin.

How to Buy
Choose crisp, tight bunches that are free of dark spots. Or, if you prefer, buy bags of celery hearts that contain only the tender inner stalks.

How to Store
Bunches of celery can be kept in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. Rinse before using.

How to Use
The inner stalks and leaves are good raw in salads and appetizers; if you like, peel the stringy outer stalks to make them more tender. Celery can be cooked as a vegetable or used as a flavoring in many recipes, including soups, stews, and side dishes.

Because of its high water and fiber content, celery is an ideal low-calorie snack. It's also a good source of calcium and vitamin C.

Related Recipes
Celery and Apple Salad with Pecans
Creamy Celery Soup
Chicken and Celery Stir-Fry
Celery Gratin
Buffalo-Style Celery Sticks

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