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April 2018 Issue

Celebrate Celery Root

Celery root is widely known as celeriac, but is also called knob celery and turnip-rooted celery. Despite this bulbous and hairy root vegetable’s reputation as the “ugly duckling” among vegetables, it has enjoyed historic popularity throughout Europe, and is mentioned in Homer’s epic poem, Odyssey, in 800 B.C. Early Greeks and Romans used celery root for medicinal and religious purposes, even as an aphrodisiac. It’s gaining culinary popularity in this country, as well as appreciation for its excellent nutrient content.

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