Celery (Apium graveolens) is a marshland plant in the family Apiaceae that has been cultivated as a vegetable since antiquity. Celery has a long fibrous stalk tapering into leaves. Depending on location and cultivar, either its stalks, leaves, or hypocotyl are eaten and used in cooking. Celery seed is also used as a spice and its extracts have been used in herbal medicine.
Scientifically known as Apium graveolens, Celery is originated in Mediterranean region. Celery belongs to the family Apiaceae which is commonly used as vegetable. Seeds are used as a spice. The plant of celery grows upto 1 meter tall. It was cultivated as a medicinal plant thousands of years ago. Later on it was cultivated for its leaves which are used to add flavor to foods. Being a biennial plant, it produces an upright rosette of leaves in first year with closely appressed succulent leaf stalks. It produces a tall flowering stem in second year with terminal and axillary umbels of small and greenish to white flowers which turns into tiny fruits measuring 1.5 mm long.
Seeds are also the basis for main mode of propagation of celery plant. Seeds of celery are normally small and dark brown in color and possess the taste and smell of celery stalks. It is used to enhance the flavor of dish. Celery seeds possess various substances including flavonoids, volatile oils, linoleic acid. Essential oil extracted from celery seeds contains selinene, d-limonene, sedaolide, sesquiterpene alcohols and sedanonic anhydride. Being medicinal plant, celery is used as anthelmintic, aphrodisiac, diuretic, carminative, laxative, emenagogue, tonic, stimulant and laxative.
Celery seed are seeds taken from the celery plant. Theyâve been utilized for therapeutic reasons for hundreds of years in many parts of the world, though they remain relatively recent to western cultures. Celery seed could be taken in capsule or even tablet form and may additionally be consumed raw. Crushed celery seed is even utilized as tea. Here are a few health advantages of celery seed