Growing Celeriac In Your Vegetable Garden
Looking to expand your root vegetable garden? A delightful, delicious root vegetable garnered from celeriac plants just might be the ticket. Celeriac is a special variety of celery that is cultivated specifically for its large, robust, and rather ugly root. The root vegetable has a number of aliases, including knob celery, turnip rooted celery, or just celery root. There are a number of raw and cooked uses for it, and it is an enduring favorite in European cuisine. Outside of Europe, celeriac can sometimes be difficult to find, but open-minded greengrocers may carry it. The growing period for celeriac in a vegetable garden is long, and the roots can take up to 200 days to fully mature. When mature, the portion of the plant that grows above the ground looks much like common celery, with an assortment of stalks arranged around a central point on the root. When harvested, the knobby root with trailing threads of roots is revealed. The root has a slightly spicy flavor that reminds many people of parsley and celery, unsurprisingly, since these plants are close relatives.
Celeriac root can be harvested at most any time, but as mentioned is easier to manage when the root is on the smaller side. Celeriac has maximum flavor after the first frost in the fall and can be allowed to languish in the vegetable garden to harvest as needed.