Good-quality celery should have even-colored, unblemished and smoothed-skinned stalks. Contrary to popular belief, light green stalks taste better than those that are dark green.
Peak Growing Season
Celery is grown all year in California; however, the peak season is October through December.
Celery sticks are ideal in sack lunches, on trays, or in salad bars. They are great for dipping in sauces such as ranch dressing, hummus, or peanut butter.
Celery 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 the celery often for quality.
Six four-inch celery sticks (1/2 cup serving) provides:
|Saturated Fat||0.021 g|
|Vitamin C||1.6 mg|
|Vitamin A||11 RAE|
|Dietary Fiber||0.8 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]