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 asÂ 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.
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
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 and are incredibly aromatic.
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.
Mixed herbs is a common and popular spice blend used in all manner of dishes. The traditional mix is comprised of only sage, marjoram, and thyme. We have added basil and rosemary to make a modern blend. It has a great, fresh, and delicate flavour and floral aroma. It is a convenient way to add a complex array flavours to a dish.
Rosemary is a large Mediterranean shrub with needle-like leaves and with a strong lemony pine aroma and pungent flavour. It is mostly used in French, Spanish, and Italian cuisines especially when cooking lamb and chicken. It is a key ingredient in the French blend Herbs de Provence. It has many health benefits and also it has been used for medicinal purposes.
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. Its 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 as antioxidants that help promote health and prevent diseases.