Good-quality celery should be even-colored, unblemished and smoothed-skinned. Good quality carrots should be firm with a smooth exterior. Color should be vibrant orange to red-orange.
Peak Growing Season
Celery and carrot sticks are available all year in California. The peak season for celery is October through December. The peak season for carrots is June, July, and October through December.
They are ideal in sack lunches, on trays, or in salad bars. They are great for dipping in hummus or yogurt based dressing.
Carrot and celery sticks should be stored at 32–35 degrees Fahrenheit with a relative humidity of 90–95 percent.
Best If Used By
Typical shelf life is 14–28 days when stored at 45–48 degrees Fahrenheit, but monitor often for quality.
A three ounce serving of celery and carrot sticks provides:
|Saturated Fat||0.034 g|
|Vitamin C||4.8 mg|
|Vitamin A||364 RAE|
|Dietary Fiber||1.9 g|
Sources of Information
Produce Marketing Association [http://www.pma.com/]
Produce Oasis [http://www.produceoasis.com]
U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrition Data Laboratory [http://www.ars.usda.gov/main/site_main.htm?modecode=12-35-45-00]