Celery salt

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Celery salt

Celery salt is a seasoned salt used as a food seasoning, made from ground seeds, which may come from celery[1] or its relative lovage.[2] It may also be produced using dried celery or seed oleoresin.[3][4]


Celery salt normally contains an anticaking agent such as silicon dioxide[1] or calcium silicate.[2]

Some brands of celery salt are very high in the preservative sodium nitrate.[citation needed] When added to foods, sodium nitrate forms small amounts of nitrosamines, a family of possible human carcinogens.[5] As a vegetable, celery seeds have potassium as the dominant ion over sodium (9 fold more). [6]


Celery salt is an ingredient of the Bloody Mary cocktail and the Caesar cocktail.[7] It is also an ingredient in KFC's secret spice mix.[8] It is also commonly used to season the Chicago-style hot dog, the New York System wiener, salads, and stews. It can also be used to liven up a coleslaw. It is a primary ingredient in Old Bay brand seasoning.[9]

Celery salt is often used by food producers to prevent spoilage while avoiding listing sodium nitrate on the ingredients list directly.[10]

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