|Using all of the celery|
Celery Root Ends
Often times celery will root and regrow from the root end of a bunch. Cut the root end about 1 1/2 to 2 inches long, place it in a shallow dish of water and see what happens. Sometimes a whole new bunch will grow, other times it will just sprout some tender young stalks and leaves. If you are harvesting celery from your garden, don't pull out the plant to harvest. Rather, cut the stalks off just above the soil level and let the celery continue to grow.
|Dried celery leaves are an excellent way|
to add flavor to soups and salad dressings.
Celery LeavesCelery leaves pack just as much flavor as the stalks. Use them in soups and salad dressings. If you happen to have a good amount, lay them out to dry, then store them in a mason jar. I use celery leaves in my homemade ranch dressing. I think they amp up the ranchy flavor.
I'm sure you are clear on what to do with these. But you may still be throwing away usable food. If you cut off the ends, toss them in a freezer bag and save for making stocks and broths. I have Add-To Bags in my freezer with onion peels, celery ends, carrot peelings and other vegetable and herb trimmings that get used for a variety of flavorful purposes. My add-to bags are a time and money saver. If I want to make a stock, I usually have all the vegetables I need for flavor ready to use in the freezer. Read more about the add-to bags here: Don't Compost That...Yet!
Edible, delicious and, of course, great for planting you own crop of celery. One plant will produce hundreds of seeds.