What's Celery Seed? Celery Seeds is actually the reproductive seed of the family-group plant (Apium graveolens) also called wild celery. Celery seeds are utilized to flavor stews and soups, and occasionally to add flavor to pickles. The seed, however, has an intense and unpleasant taste so it ought to be utilized sparingly.
Celery seeds are most commonly utilized in American cooking. In fact, a great many American dishes incorporate at least one ingredient derived from celery seeds. Celery is an excellent foraging herb for nettles. A number of Asian countries including Japan and China use celery in preparing dishes. In modern times, celery seeds are utilized frequently in salsas, stews, chili sauces, and beans to name a few.
Celery seeds have a rather pungent flavor. They're not unpleasant by any means, but are rather parsley like in nature. When they're ingested they produce an immediate burning sensation in the mouth. The effect is a pleasant one though and the salvage plant has been utilized for thousands of years by a number of folks all over the world. Many of these folks routinely consume a portion of this vegetable per day. Modern celery is generally rather water repellent, meaning that it will not interfere with a high-water vegetable such as a carrot or a tomato.
There are several techniques for usage of this vegetable in cooking, however there is one delectable technique that I will describe here. Rather than utilizing the usual way of adding celery salt to a recipe, and then waiting for the salt to take effect, you can instead sprinkle this spice into the food before the cooking process begins. This makes a wonderful, unique flavor in many foods that do not normally go for such things as celery salt. It really brings out the natural earthy flavor of the food in question. I have used this technique with success in a variety of dishes.
A fantastic accompaniment to red or green salad is a cup of sour cream. It goes nicely with other vegetables as well and works especially well with a small amount of shredded cheese atop it. To make this dish, you just need to substitute the sour cream for the celery seeds, and then mix together two cups of low fat sour cream with about one and a half teaspoons of ground cheddar cheese. Stir this mixture thoroughly so that the entire thing becomes a smooth paste. Place this mixture on top of vegetables, and serve up.
The blood in a loganberry is a very tasty addition to foods that contain a bit of a kick, such as stews, soups and other dishes containing a lot of spices and a lot of juice or cream. In fact, the blood in a loganberry is actually a good indicator of its flavor. If it is slightly bitter, that is fine, but if you cannot handle it, you should leave it off. As an example, if you are looking to make a dish with red meats, such as pork, beef, or lamb, a togarberry relish will taste great with these dishes, but it would be better to leave it off.
Potato salad is a classic favorite and one that many people find difficult to do without. If you have tried various potato salad dressings over the years, such as mayonnaise, you know that the flavors just do not blend well together. Fortunately, there are ways to disguise the lack of flavor with different ingredients, such as garlic powder. However, if you use too much garlic powder, the result can be a garlicky dish, which is neither pleasant nor appetizing. In fact, the sight of garlic seeds on a potato salad is almost unappealing, and so for this very reason, many chefs stay away from this particular salad dressing.
For those who are interested in the health benefits of celery seeds, one cannot go wrong with essential oils made from the seeds, such as lemon grass, dill weed, alfalfa or Rosemary. Essential oils are readily available at supermarkets and online health retailers. There are also several recipes using them, and these can be found online or in books devoted to alternative medicine. As a caveat, it is important to note that there is no universal consensus regarding the health benefits of eating raw or cooked celery seeds and their seeds, which means that individual opinions will vary widely.