A vegetable with long stalks and leafy ends. Celery has a fibrous texture and a mild, earthy flavor.
Wild celery grows near the ocean in Europe and Asia. This type of celery was used for medicinal and religious purposes rather than culinary.
Celery was not cultivated until the 17th century when it spread throughout Europe and began to be incorporated into diets.
The word “celery” first appeared in the English language in the mid-17th century after it was planted in Britain for food purposes.
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