Celery seeds are mainly produced in India and China. Celery Seed doesn’t actually come from the same celery plant that we eat, it is a derivative of a domesticated wild plant know as ‘smallage’. It is often used in soups, salad dressings, and pickling. Celery seeds have been used as medicine for thousands of years in the Eastern world. During ancient times, Indian Ayurvedic medicine used celery seed to treat colds, flu, water retention, poor digestion, different types of arthritis, and certain diseases of the liver and spleen. It is still widely used today for treating ailments such as arthritis and gout, helping reduce muscle spasms, calming the nerves, reducing inflammation and lowering blood pressure.
Today, celery seed is used mostly as a diuretic, meaning it helps your body eliminate water by increasing urine output.
- Use sparingly as it can be bitter if used to excess.
- In healthy salt seasonings the inclusion of celery with onion, garlic and other herbs makes a great alternative to using pure salt to season vegetables and meat. See our own blend of Celery salt seasoning.
- Use it in sauerkraut, pickling, chutneys, soups and stews
- Use to flavour tomato juice. It is a popular addition to the cocktail Bloody Mary
Celery seeds have many health benefits and they are a good source of vitamin C. They also have anti-inflammatory properties
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Other names or spelling: Smallage, Wild Celery, Apium graveolens