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 can be used in soups, salads, stir-fries, or cut into sticks.
When removing celery from packing containers, grip each bunch from the butt end. Do not grab individual ribs. Trim celery sparingly when preparing for fresh use. Slice a thin layer from the butt end of ribs to maintain fresh appearance.
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 days when stored at 45–48 degrees Fahrenheit, but monitor celery daily for quality.
A 1/2 cup serving of celery 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]
Ready Pac Produce [http://www.readypac.com/]