Celeriac Seeds - Harvesting and Delivery
Brilliant, fresh celeriac seeds can be used as a spice or added to a salad or stew. It is rich in minerals, vitamins, and enzymes. Celery sticks are an attractive addition to potato salads or to a vegetable juice. In France, celeriac is a popular medicine for digestive problems and flatulence. It is often prescribed for children with diarrhea or other problems.
Beautiful, strong celeriac seeds grow quickly and are simple to grow. The large, white fleshy root is pale yellow in color and grows wild in fields, meadows, pastures, and forests. It has the consistency of an apple and hovers mostly between a thin, white potato and a sweet potato. The flavor is usually nutty, cheesy, or slightly bitter.
To sprout these healthy plants, soak dry, sterilized leaves in water, leaving them out for days. The germination works best in warm, sunny conditions. They may be stored in refrigerator for up to one year.
You can harvest and eat your own Celeriac seeds anytime. Use fresh sprouts whenever you prepare vegetables, salads, soups, stews, casseroles and other dishes with strong flavors. The sprouts have a stronger flavor than the leaves do. The taste is often more garlicky than the root vegetable's.
Celeriac seeds pertain to those plants that grow best in partial sunlight. They should not be planted in full sun, because the roots may not produce viable seeds. Full sun can cause the plant to burn, become discolored and die. It can also cause damage to the rhizomes and the foliage. Plant them in partial sun, they will still grow strong.
The plants are ready to harvest when they are approximately one to two inches tall. They are ready to eat if they are boiled, roasted, grilled, stewed, broiled, fried, or barbecued. The flavor of the seeds is rich and robust. They are best eaten raw or cooked.
When growing celery in rich soil, the germination takes place best when the soil is neither too wet nor too dry. This means that the plants will need to receive less water than those grown in soil that is drier than what they require. Water retention in drier soil hinders germination. Water retention in rich soil encourages germination. The plants are at their most nutritious when they are in their most fertile state, approximately a week after the last frost.
If you plan to use seedlings for planting in your home garden, take care to protect them from harsh weather conditions. Celery seeds should be planted in deep containers. Place them in the containers just as you would plant seedlings. Cover the containers with a plastic covering to keep the moisture in and the heat out. Once the seedlings have sprouted, they can be removed from the containers and placed in a cold frame to await harvest.
Harvesting can take place the following day, though it is better to wait until the next day. The best way to ensure a successful harvest is by keeping the seedlings out of direct sunlight and away from planting conditions that will result in too much heat or too much rainfall. The heat of the sun will dry out the seedlings. Too much rainfall can cause the root system to break down. Harvesting should also occur the same day the seedlings reach growth.
When the celery plant reaches the point of harvest, it will begin to change color. This is because the plant is preparing to drop its leaves and grow again. It is common for the leaves to stay green during the first two weeks after growth is complete, but turn yellow later in the process. Harvesting can be accomplished by hand, but it is easier to use a pickax to remove the plants' outer layer, which will allow the seedlings to grow freely.
After harvesting, the little root vegetable seeds should be soaked in water. Seeds should be planted in a small hole and cover with dirt, being careful to cover the holes completely. Water should continue to be supplied daily, until the soil is moist. If the seeds are not receiving enough water, it is not likely they will germinate. Once the seedlings have sprouted, it is important to keep them well watered until they begin to produce fruit.
The final step in the production process is what will be used to deliver the Celeriac food products to stores. The plants should be dug up and taken to the local grocery store to undergo a special cleansing process. The cleansing process consists of soaking the Celeriac seeds and then rinsing away the soap and water. The cleaned roots should be wrapped in plastic and placed in a cool, dark area. This final step is necessary to ensure that the seeds are ready for sale.