Using Celery Seeds in Cooking
Celery seeds are small and brownish green plants that are used as a vegetable. The Celery plant is very slim and usually stands just about 2 feet high. It usually has three to five segmented leaves and usually flowers with pale, tiny, yellow-green petals. Celery seeds, that are commonly found at the base of the flower, are small, dark colored, and contain a strong, fresh smell.
Celery seeds are not hardy in the garden and can be eaten as an alternative to other vegetable salads. However, it is considered a low calorie food and is rarely used as a cooking spice. The tiny, dark-colored stalks are not very appetizing and are not good for consuming raw. They have been reported to cause gas and bloating, but in small amounts. Some people find them appealing, but others report that they don't do much for their health.
Celery seeds have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for quite some time. The seeds have been used to treat several conditions including flatulence, diarrhea, nausea, heartburn, indigestion, menstrual disorders, sore throat, rheumatism, urinary tract infections, varicose veins, swelling of the joints and liver, asthma, bad breath, neuralgia, bad tastes, high blood pressure, flatulence, gastritis, tonsillitis, diverticulosis, candida, and even acne. Some of these conditions, like acne and diverticulosis, may be traced to a lack of dietary fiber in your diet. Since celery seeds are high in fiber, they should be part of every healthy diet. They also make excellent snacks by grinding them up and eating the seeds instead.
There are several ways to prepare celery seeds so that you can reap the benefits of this versatile vegetable. You can crush them, sift them or boil them in water or stock. There are many recipes that call for the seeds to be boiled or sauteed, but it is important to note that they should not be strained while cooking. The seeds have a bitter taste when raw, but they do not have an unpleasant aftertaste once they are cooked.
Celery seed is a great addition to a wide variety of foods. It adds a depth of flavor and provides an array of textures and colors to a wide variety of dishes. In addition, the seed is often incorporated into the wild celery in dishes that have a similar flavor and texture to it. For instance, it may be found in rice pilaf or other wild root vegetable dishes.
Wild celery plant contains two types of edible seeds: the ryegrass seeds and the cress seeds. These seeds can be used separately or combined into recipes. When combined, the flavor is often more pronounced and the resulting dish has a fuller taste and a more intense aroma. The flavor is considered mild, nutty and tangy.
Because of the spiciness of the seed, some people choose to add this spice to foods in the form of a spice rub. They blend dried celery roots with mustard seeds and other seasonings to make a spread that can be used as a hot or cold appetizer, added to an iced drink or added to a vinaigrette dressing. For more intense flavor, you might consider grinding the seeds and adding them to marinades or smoked salmon. The smoke flavor imparts a unique smoked flavor to foods.
If you enjoy having raw eggs, one great way to up the nutritional value of your meal is to use unsalted, cracked, shelled and chopped raw egg yolks. You can soak the yolk in water for a few minutes to become soft, then add this to any recipe where you use ground celery seed. It will add a lot of texture, but won't overpower the taste of the egg. Egg yolks are also very easy to store.