Celeriac may not be the most attractive vegetable to arrive in our fridges it is however one of the most versatile. Also know as celery root, turnip rooted celery or knob celery, this bulbous knobbly root has a very distinct appearance. It has a subtle celery like flavour with nutty overtones and a crisper flesh. Like it’s close relation celery is perfect for adding body and flavour depth to stocks, soups and even salads.
Celeriac was introduced to this country in the 18th century, however it is much less popular here than it is in Europe, where sales are higher than that of celery. This could be due to its appearance, described by Xanthe Clay (Daily Telegraph) as “the Leonard Cohen of the vegetable world; hoary skinned, wrinkled, uncompromising – and divisive.”
Health benefits of Celeriac.
Celeriac is very low in calories ( in fact 100gm has just 42 calories) and contains dietary fiber. It also contains B-complex vitamins such as niacin and thiamin it also contains vitamin C and many anti-oxidants. The root is a good source of minerals including phosphorus, iron, calcium, copper, and manganese.
One of the most popular uses of celeriac is in a Rémoulade, a mayonnaise based French condiment usually consisting of vinegar, herbs, pickles, mustard, capers and matchstick sized slices of celeriac. Originally served with meat dishes it is now often used to accompany seafood dishes as well. Celeriac Rémoulade or céleri rémoulade can be found as an accompaniment for dishes throughout the world. In Denmark and Iceland it is often used as a topping for hot-dogs. In Belgium it is often served at takeaway stands with French Fries. In Loiusiana Creole cuisine the Rémoulade often has a pink tint due to the addition of small amounts of ketchup, cayenne pepper, and paprika.
Due to the versatility of this fantastic root, it can be used in all manner of dishes and can be used as a low calorie substitute for potato. Below are links to some of the best and most interesting recipes we’ve found.
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