Chinese Pink Celery

Chinese Pink Celery

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Apium graveolens
Requires plenty of water and good fertility. Commercial crops are heavily sprayed with fungicides for early and late blights, so wary consumers and chefs are eager for untainted product when it can be found. Heart stalks and leaves are excellent autumn salad flavour combo with chicory and other hardy bitters.

I need to give credit to Bakers Creek Seeds for bringing this stunning celery from China into US commerce. I have grown every heirloom red or pink variety descended from European-type celery, but I have never seen bubble-gum pink as expressed in this Asian type. This is pink that pops!

It also retains its colour in light cooking unlike many red vegetables.

The flavour is strong, like other red and Asian celery, not something you would eat like our common green varieties.. Bolts quickly and unevenly, should be planted close and eaten young somewhat like cilantro, with new sowings periodically. Stronger germination and faster growth than European types.

The variation in bolting times indicates good potential for improved selections better adapted to North American conditions. Some plants have a perennial habit, re-sprouting new offshoots after cutting back. 

Approximately 250 seeds per/pkg.