CHINESE PINK CELERY SEEDS ,ANNUAL VEGETABLE
Almost absurdly bright bubble gum pink celery from China. Fast vigorous growth and assertive aromatic flavor. Suitable for microgreens. Best sown directly into rich garden soil or into flats. Some plants will bolt quickly and should be culled promptly and used for a spicy stir fry or pho. Save seed from those plants that are the last to bolt.
Pink celery is small in size with elongated, slender stalks and frilly, flat, deeply lobed leaves. The thin stalks are firm, smooth, hollow, and pale pink to bright fuchsia. Connected to the pink stalks, the leaves have serrated edges with generally three lobes and are bright green with a crisp, vegetal flavor. Pink celery is highly aromatic, more pungent in taste, and is smaller in size than European celery. When raw, Pink celery is crunchy with a robust herbal flavor, and when cooked, the stalks soften and become sweet, tender, and crisp.
Pink celery is not commonly used raw as its flavor is stronger than European celery, but some consumers enjoy the taste and add the stalks to salads, grain bowls, shredded as a side dish to fried meats, or used as a fresh garnish. Pink celery can also be pickled and served as an accompaniment to main dishes and appetizers. The leaves and stalks are mainly utilized for cooked applications such as stir-frying, braising, boiling, and frying. Pink celery can be chopped and mixed into soups and stews, sliced and stir-fried by itself or with other vegetables in sauces such as soy, sesame oil, sugar, and oyster, or fried. Pink celery pairs well with meats such as poultry, pork, beef, duck, and fish, shrimp, ginger, garlic, onions, scallions, mushrooms, potatoes, and almonds. The stalks will keep up to one week when stored in a perforated bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.
Not to be confused with typical garden or grocery store celery. Chinese Celery is grown primarily for the purpose of cooking and features lots of thin crunchy flavorful stalks. Leaves may be used as an herb and are fabulous dried and crushed along with sea salt and celery seeds.Start seeds indoors 8 weeks before last frost. Seedlings are slow to start. Transplant outdoors 10 inches apart when 1-2 sets of true leaves emerge. Celery is a heavy feeder and needs plenty of moisture. Nutrient deficiencies can affect the quality of the stalks and insufficient water can result in tough, fibrous texture. Once the stalks have formed, you can harvest the plant at once or try cutting the outer stalks and leaving the young ones to grow.