Celery seeds are small dried seeds collected from a plant that also bears the edible vegetable of the same name, celery. The seeds have a pale khaki colour and have a strong and bitter flavour. The most common use of celery seeds is to mix them with salt and other herbs to make vegetable salts.
The spice people carry both celery seeds whole and celery salt seasoning.
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.
Celery seeds have many health benefits and they are a good source of vitamin C. They also have anti-inflammatory properties.
100% dried Whole Celery Seeds
How to use:
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
Use during the cooking process to impart its savoury flavour or a light sprinkling as a finishing seasoning after blooming in a warm pan
Cassia sticks are closely related to cinnamon. The sticks have a reddish brown colour and a warm, mild and sweet flavour, though it is significantly stronger than cinnamon. It is widely used in the United States.
Chilli Ancho means “wide chilli” in Spanish and it is actually a dried Poblano pepper. They are a large dark purple sweet chilli that form the backbone of staple dishes such as tamales & red chilli beans. Its texture is wrinkled and it is a mild chilli originally from Puebla, Mexico. Also, it is a common and key ingredient in Mexican cuisine. It has a mild fruity flavour with undertones of plum, raisin, tobacco and a slight earthy bitterness. Add Chilli Ancho Dried Whole to your dishes to impart an authentic Mexican flavour.
Curry leaves (also known as kadi patta) are the predominant flavour and aroma in Madras curry, as well as other popular Indian and Sri Lankan dishes. They have a delicate spicy citrus flavour are incredibly aromatic.
Seasoned salts have become a popular and healthier alternative way to season all manner of dishes. Our blend has celery seeds, sea salt, thyme, sage, oregano, onion, garlic and pepper. They add a tasty flavour without being spicy or dominating the dish. The use of celery salt seasoning means less salt is needed to bring out the flavour of the dish.
Juniper Berries are obtained from the small evergreen juniper tree. The dried berries have a dark blue colour, fresh spicy tart flavour and pine aroma. Juniper has a special affinity with venison and other robust game meats. Used in European cuisine.
Tarragon leaves are one of the four fines herbs and a key ingredient in French cuisine. It is popular in European cooking due to its distinct appetite-pleasing taste. Tarragon herb has narrow, pointed dark green leaves which give a warm, minty anise-like aroma, reminiscent of anise or licorice flavour. It’s sweet tangy aroma with a slightly bitter taste is much liked in egg dishes, cream soups, poultry roast, mustards or as a tarragon vinegar. Tarragon is an essential herb in Béarnaise and tartare sauce. However, it can easily dominate other flavours so should be added carefully. It is also rich in phytonutrients as well antioxidants that help promote health and prevent diseases.