Surprisingly, celery seeds are not the seeds of the vegetable celery. They are actually the fruit of a small cultivated plant called Apium graveolens – originally known as smallage or wild celery. Celery seeds have been used as a spice since ancient times. The small brown seeds have a spicy aroma and a warm, bitter, celery flavour that intensifies when ground or cracked. Use in beverages, preserves and savoury recipes.
How to use
Celery seeds can be added to tomato or vegetable juice for a spicy lift. Popular as a seasoning, ground celery seeds are often used in vegetable salts, mayonnaise, pickles and chutneys, brines, soups and stocks. They are also delicious in potato salad or coleslaw, curries, stir-fries and rice dishes.