Giant Prague Celeriac
Apium graveolens var. rapaceum
120 days — Pronounced "seh-lur-e-ak
", and also referred to as rooted or German celery, this cousin to celery is not visually beautiful. But inside its unsightly exterior lies an inner, wonderful beauty. Often mistaken for the root of celery plants, it is usually overlooked in American grocery stores. Shoppers from Northern Europe, however, will tell you that once the cream-white flesh is removed from its fibrous skin, it is crisp, smooth textured and mild.
It has a pleasant flavor of parsley and celery. Commonly enjoyed as a first course at French bistros, it is served shredded and topped with a mustard / mayonnaise dressing. It is also useful as a flavoring in soups and purees. Additionally, try them mixed with mashed potatoes, sliced thin and baked au gratin, or sautéed. If your doctor allows, deep fried chips are a special treat. Each packet contains 0.25 gram, which is approximately 225 seeds.