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removed the following since it's not true. Celery is not commonly available in India however celery seeds are. They are seldom used in curries but cumin seeds are widely used. , and is an important ingredient in Indian cuisines, including Indian Curry.[citation needed]


Some info on celery and nitrates would be interesting.. I am seeing "nitrate free" ham, pastrami, etc in places like Trader Joe's, but it says "except for the naturally ocurring nitrates in celery juice" —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:31, 6 January 2010 (UTC)

Celery is loaded with Sedatives?[edit]

Any truth to this article here: [1] ? It states that celery is 'loaded with sedatives' which I've never heard before. Can anyone verify? --Stvfetterly (talk) 20:40, 17 December 2008 (UTC)

Contradictory information = vandalism?[edit]

The following sentence: "In an episode of Food Detectives they proved that celery does have "negative calories", but not effective for weight loss (nor healthy)." But the cited article claims the EXACT opposite! This could be the anti-celery diet brigade at work. I am changing the sentence to: "In an episode of Food Detectives they proved that celery does not have "negative calories", but states that one would lose weight if one only consumed celery." --HillbillyProfane (talk) 04:10, 10 October 2008 (UTC)

Old discussions[edit]

hey it looks like there's also some vandalism in the "nutrituion" section who has a beef with celery-Dougmwpsu —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:19, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

There's some vandalism in the "cultivation and uses" section. I think there's an unvandalized version four edits ago but I don't know how to revert pages.

It appears that someone else cleaned it up, already. --Mdwyer 06:16, 21 September 2006 (UTC)

Pseudo-science witch remedies enunciated as fact. Not to mention the appalling, rambling sentence structures. Any objections to my rewriting this?

Umm, go ahead ZPS102 23:05, 13 February 2006 (UTC)
Also, anyone know how to make old, limp celery crispy again?
Submerge it in ice water for several minutes. --Mdwyer 04:33, 6 March 2006 (UTC)

Numbing of Tongue and Mouth[edit]

I did some research (much of which was on Yahoo Answers) about a condition I experience when eating celery. My mouth and tongue become numbed, like I sucked on a cough drop, but to a far lesser degree. Seems many other people also experience this. It's nothing that could be explained as negative, if anything it's a positive experience. I don't know where to place this on the Wiki page though, as I'm not fully convinced it's an allergic reaction. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:52, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

Negative Calories[edit]

I've read that celery contains negative calories. Is there any truth to that statement? Craig Sniffen 07:47, 17 July 2005 (UTC)

Semi, it just means that your burn more calories eating it than celery has. alfrin 05:30, July 19, 2005 (UTC)
Can I get any verification on the subject? I'm not sure if it's any more than an urban myth. Craig Sniffen 17:13, 25 October 2005 (UTC)
According to Snopes it's true, not because celery has any particular lack of calories but because the human digestive system is unable to break down cellulose in the plant Graphia 08:50, 9 November 2005 (UTC)
It took almost half a year but it was worth it. I can't believe I never checked Snopes. >_< I'm adding it to the article just in case some other crazy person needs to find the answer and doesn't check the talk page. EDIT: Opps, it was already there. I moved it to under food, as that's more intuitive and the section looked kind of odd anyways with such a short first paragraph. Craig Sniffen 23:38, 10 November 2005 (UTC)
It fits better there than in trivia. Anonymous
I'm not sure "Snopes believes this to be true" sounds very encyclopedic. Snopes is, after all, not a primary source. --Rob* (talk) 00:56, 14 May 2008 (UTC)
According to this page, [[2]] the 'negative calorie' thing is a myth Anonymous
Actually, I read that page as saying that the effect would be negligable either way, so it doesn't matter if it is a myth or not. The article doesn't actually prove or disprove anything.
BozMo removed the negative calorie myth from the Food Uses section. I have put it back, edited, under Trivia. Personally, I think we need to fight mythology with facts -- not with deletion. The fact that it is talked about so much HERE suggests that it is a question that many people have, and it would be good to have it answered. --Mdwyer 19:37, 23 May 2006 (UTC)

It's all well and nice that celery is considered part of the Negative Calorie diet, but the diet is represented on Wikipedia as being criticized based on unsound science. Either way, it's certainly not completely accepted. Beyond that, celery's probably also part of any diet you could get from Jenny Craig, but that's not represented here, and Jenny Craig's much more well known, I'm sure. Seems like an irrelevant factoid, so I took it out. <spetz>. 21:19, 20 March 2007 (UTC)

School Experiments[edit]

Should this be included in the main article?

Celery is ideal for an experiment showing how vascular plants transport water. The bottom of the stalk is split, and placed in two separate dishes of water to which different food colorings have been added to. The colors can be seen to rise up the xylem of the plant and eventually reach the leaves. --Mdwyer 04:33, 6 March 2006 (UTC)
Yes 07:11, 17 May 2006 (UTC)
Oh, good. Now did I get it right? It has been a few years since my botany courses... --Mdwyer 02:22, 22 May 2006 (UTC)

What's "baked potato cuisine"?[edit]

The first subsection begins: Celery is a very popular vegetable used primarily in baked potato cuisine, using a variety known as Chinese celery or Oriental celery, with thinner stalks and a stronger flavor; it is rarely consumed raw, but is often added to soups and stir-fries.

I've never heard of bake potato cuisine, and in the UK at least, celery is almost always eaten raw, alongside cheese or as the "stirrer" in a Bloody Mary. If you recall the 5th Doctor Who, he has stick of celery pinned to his coat, and that's normally how its served here, as stems, sometimes with the stringy bits scraped off. Cheers, Neale Neale Monks 17:55, 5 June 2006 (UTC)

Damn good question. The western US doesn't have a baked potato cuisine, either. We wouldn't put celery on a baked potato, generally, though it probably would be added to a potato soup. The article describes a cuisine using a different breed of celery. Perhaps it is a translation error? I was going to remove it, but on second reading, it might actually belong there... Sorry. Can't help on this one. --Mdwyer 04:08, 6 June 2006 (UTC)
A Google search for "baked potato cuisine" reveals a mere two usages, one this article, and the other only as part of the phrase "beef and baked potato cuisine". Surely we can remove this mysterious phrase and replace it with something a little more ubiquitous? Neale Monks 16:18, 9 June 2006 (UTC)
It would be nice if the original author could defend it. I'm going to rework that line, but I fear I might Americanize it a little. Editing would be greatly appreciated. I removed the baked potato part, and moved the rest of that block down under the Food Uses section. --Mdwyer 19:00, 13 June 2006 (UTC)
Come on guys... isn't it obvious? "Potato cuisine" is what potatoes cook and eat when they're hungry --Energman 22:50, 5 January 2007 (UTC)
Ah, so baked potato cuisine is what potatoes eat when they're baked. Mysterious Whisper (SHOUT) 19:15, 5 September 2012 (UTC)

How is 3 mg of Vitamin C 5% of 100g?[edit]

The nutritional information regarding this makes little sense. Also, why is there a percentage for Vitamin C at all and not the other components?

My guess would be that percentages are given for things which have a %RDA. So, 3mg of vitamin C would be 5% of the 60mg RDA set by some arbitrary country's health people, probably the country of whomever wrote that block. Just a guess. DewiMorgan 16:24, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

Wonderpets reference[edit]

In the wonderpets one of the characters always says things like "celery tastes great after a good pee!"... somehow I think that might not be a suitable reference to put under a "references in popular culture" section.

Celery helps in reducing Blood pressure?[edit]

I have read that Celery helps in reducing Blood pressure. Please suggest how does it helps in reducing Blood pressure. It is reputed to be celery juice which has this property.

No patent on celery seed[edit]

Reference to a so-called "world patent," which was actually a published application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, not a patent, has been deleted since the patent was not pursued in most countries and lapsed in 2004. 22:39, 30 July 2007 (UTC)

Types of celery[edit]

Does anyone know the difference in the types of celery at the grocery store? I saw one bundled in red and one bundled in blue bands. One type was less expensive as well. grizzlehizzle 08:32, 22 October 2007 (UTC)


Celery proven to be rich in minerals, vitamins, low in calories and extremely hydrating, many times more than city water and a bit more than spring water due to its quality water packed with minerals. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:28, 27 January 2008 (UTC)

Unembedded text[edit]

The following references aren't attached to any parts of the article, mixing the footnotes and references is messy, so I'm pasting them here. WLU (talk) 22:40, 4 March 2008 (UTC)

Celery Root[edit]

Has anyone ever eaten the root of a celery? It tastes just like celery, but looks like a big fat ugly Sugar beet. They don't sell the stalks in Austria at all, only the root - it's weird... (Please answer on my talk page).--andreasegde (talk) 22:07, 17 March 2008 (UTC)

Please undo split[edit]

Please undo the page split pending discussion and consensus for such. Badagnani (talk) 05:18, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

The discussion has already been had, and there is long-standing consensus to distinguish between plant product and plant taxon, but that didn't stop you reverting my efforts, without yourself bothering to seek discussion and consensus for such. Hesperian 06:09, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

No, there was no discussion here. There was no necessity nor consensus demonstrated among editors specializing in celery-related topics for such a split. Badagnani (talk) 06:15, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

Oh, very funny. "Editors specializing in celery-related topics". How do you say that with a straight face? Hesperian 06:16, 15 April 2008 (UTC)


I propose to split this article into distinct articles on the plant species ApuimApium graveolens and the vegetable celery. This is in line with long-established convention grounded in consensus, that, for plant products of significance, the combination of plant taxon and plant product is too broad a topic to be covered in a single article.

Actually I already made the split, and was summarily reverted by someone who doesn't like the convention, and therefore refused to permit its application.

The rationale for splitting is as follows:

Apium graveolens is a species of plant. It has certain physical properties such as a growth habit, a stem shape, a leaf shape, a flower form, shape and colour. It has a life cycle, and a flower phenology. It has a natural distribution and a naturalised distribution. It has a taxonomy, a taxonomic history, and phylogenetic relationships with other plant taxa. It has a preferred habitat, such as soil type, soil moisture, and nutrition. It is pollinated by specific insects, and suffers from specific diseases. And finally, it produces certain plant products that are used by humans, namely celery, celeriac, celery seed, and celery oil.

Very little of the information listed above has anything much to do with celery the vegetable. The scope of an article on Apium graveolens far exceeds the scope of an article about celery the vegetable. Yet celery the vegetable has its own characteristics that have little to do with Apium graveolens. Culinary significance, for example. Nutritional information. Economics. The production lifecycle, including cultivation, harvesting, post-harvest treatment, transportation, marketing.

Furthermore, celery is not the only plant product of the plant species Apium graveolens. The root is eaten as celeriac, which already has a separate article, and celery seed is also consumed. Under these circumstances, it makes very little sense to bolt Apium graveolens to the side of this article.

Hesperian 07:20, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

Don't you mean Apium rather than Apuim? Badagnani (talk) 07:22, 15 April 2008 (UTC)
I fail to see the necessity for splitting an article, when users will expect to come to Celery to find information about the plant, how it grows and is harvested, and how it is used in various ways. Celeriac is a specific variety and a separate article is fine, but the article does not seem overly long enough to warrant such a confusing split into food and non-food uses of the same stalk. The same goes for Peach or Banana. Badagnani (talk) 07:27, 15 April 2008 (UTC)
Split it. It does not make sense to not split it. -- carol (talk) 10:49, 15 April 2008 (UTC)
And more, what the heck is the allergin and what reason does it not have its own article? The science, the growing of and the usage of are all different ways of looking at things and the software which is wiki allows them to all be separate yet linked for those who are interested or need to know. It is an advancement when compared to paper and books (pdf has hyperlinks but what a pain!); not all advancements are easily grokked by everyone involved, I understand this and sympathize, yet still think that it is silly and backwards not to split the article into its useful chunks. Or perhaps there are occasional splits and reversions because old buddies like to go to war here? Either way, please get on with it.... -- carol (talk) 11:08, 15 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Strong oppose - No logical reason to split a discrete article about a discrete plant/food. The food section is not so big to create confusion for our users by splitting the article into two for no good reason. Badagnani (talk) 17:22, 15 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Since both the botanic and culinary uses are valid topics under the title "celery", there's no prima facie cause for a split. The article is still short in both contexts, so there is no reason to split on organizational grounds either. In general, I don't think the mentality of "if you build it, they will come" works for the wiki. Let's see the content first, and split when there's good reason to. Ham Pastrami (talk) 20:04, 15 April 2008 (UTC)
eh compare this search with this one and the common name Wild Celery doesn't seem to appear in the article. I had a recent situation where I was looking to see if a species was even mentioned at a genus article. The genus article almost did not exist because all of the information was mushed together with stuff about one particular species which was being the point of the article. It is kind of interesting how things are being re-evaluated as their DNA gets looked at; more interesting than I thought it would be at least. Even Pliny the elder kept his information about things in different places and it makes for a much better read.
  • Oppose Encyclopedias are sopposed to be multi-disciplinary, so splitting articles in this fashion serves no purpose other than to create POV-forks. The only situation where we should create a separate article for the food is when the article reaches an unmanageable size, which is nowhere near a mere 13.5k. If the article reaches a truly hefty size (at least 50k+) there should still be a main article that covers all relevant encyclopedic aspects of the plant, if only in summarized form. Peter Isotalo 14:48, 16 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Comment - Please see Custard-apple and Annona reticulata, both about the same plant, and split into two separate articles without consensus. Badagnani (talk) 19:25, 16 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Comment - Only because it was split a few days ago, with no discussion nor consensus. Like banana or peach, the term refers to both the plant and the fruit, and should be a single article rather than two. Badagnani (talk) 00:11, 17 April 2008 (UTC)
    • We write articles on things, not terms... unless you think that Orange (colour) and Orange (fruit) should be merged, because "the term refers to both the fruit and the colour, and should be a single article rather than two." Hesperian 00:14, 17 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Comment - I won't address whether I believe the color orange and the fruit/tree called orange should have separate articles, because this seems like a rhetorical argument; I don't think any WP editor would argue for such a thing. However, a plant and its fruit should be discussed in the same article, such as Peach or Banana, unless that article has grown so long that some form of split seems necessary. In that instance, discussion and consensus would need to be built at that article pending such a split. Badagnani (talk) 00:17, 17 April 2008 (UTC)
    • Yes, I know you think that, but you haven't put forward any argument in defense of that view, except for one so deeply flawed that it leads inevitably to a conclusion that "I don't think any WP editor would argue for". Hesperian 00:26, 17 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Comment - You aren't required to agree with me, and you can call it "deeply flawed" if you wish; WP is a salad bowl of opinions. However, to claim that I haven't put forward any argument (I have) is inaccurate and should be withdrawn. I agree with what Peter Isotalo said, whose comment, which is as follows, is perhaps phrased more eloquently than my own statements:

Badagnani (talk) 00:32, 17 April 2008 (UTC)

  • Split one day

A time will come when we should split it, when we really have a lot of info on the plant as a species, rather than the food, which is quite a familiar split. However, the article is not so long as to need it, yet.

IceDragon64 (talk) 22:43, 12 September 2012 (UTC)

What is celery?[edit]

Is celery a root, stem, flower, or a leaf??

Yes. It is also a seed. Flowering plants usually have all of these. Badagnani (talk) 06:28, 17 December 2008 (UTC)

Peanut butter[edit]

Peanut butter was just removed. However, celery sticks are often eaten raw with peanut butter. Badagnani (talk) 06:20, 17 December 2008 (UTC)

Wrong picture[edit]

The second picture is one of cilantro. Please, change. SvinayaGolova (talk) 08:21, 5 April 2009 (UTC)

Multiple [Edit] links?[edit]

What's with the multiple [Edit] links embedded within page sections? They point to different, though consecutive section numbers. Gonna have to go read up on how this happens. rowley (talk) 23:00, 27 December 2009 (UTC)

Here y'go: Wikipedia:How_to_fix_bunched-up_edit_links. Have at it! TIA, Pete Tillman (talk) 02:20, 28 December 2009 (UTC)

marketed in tight bunches[edit]

The article does a very poor job of describing typical commercial growth habits and marketing of the stalks. In the US typical commercial celery grows in tight straight parallel stalk bunches, and is marketed fresh that way, without root and just a little green leaf left attached, but in a bunch. The article needs a picture of typical supermarket celery. Also, the base of the inner bunch of stalks is commonly marketed as "celery hearts". - (talk) 13:46, 5 June 2010 (UTC)

It does not decrease BP (blood pressure), but it may increase it![edit]

You write that celery decreases BP (blood pressure), but contrary, it may increase it, as it contains high sodium - as you can see at I did not find any lowering pressure properties on pubmed & Cochrane. 688dim (talk) 10:34, 2 March 2011 (UTC)

Celery may also treat gout![edit]

Celery is a diuretic and may also treat gout! See 688dim (talk) 11:03, 2 March 2011 (UTC)

You can eat the leaves[edit]

Although in most places people cut away the leaves, I cook with the strong tasting leaves, chopping them small as a herb, usually in soups. However, I can't find a proper ref for it.

IceDragon64 (talk) 22:37, 12 September 2012 (UTC)

Chinese Celery[edit]

Chinese celery redirects to this article, but there is no mention of it.

It appears to be used only in cooking, be smaller, stronger flavor, have a wider variety of colors, and have slightly differently formed stems and leaves. Also, it seems to have been cultivated there, first.

There needs to be a section on Chinese celery. And the history section needs revision. Anyone good at reliable sources for foodstuff? Jd2718 (talk) 21:40, 18 September 2012 (UTC)

Apparently, it is considered a different variety of the same species, USDA GRIN has a summary. Perhaps it should have its own page like celeriac (GRIN entry for celeriac). Would you like to work on that? Sminthopsis84 (talk) 12:46, 19 September 2012 (UTC)
I'll try a new page. Thanks for the link. Jd2718 (talk) 01:33, 20 September 2012 (UTC)
Excellent, looking forward to seeing the result. Sminthopsis84 (talk) 19:32, 20 September 2012 (UTC)

British English[edit]

I've added the British English template, after seeing some editing to change to US English. This page has a history of using British English, since it started out as a copy of an old encyclopedia, and by WP:ENGVAR, the history of the page is an appropriate criterion to decide the matter. Sminthopsis84 (talk) 20:06, 2 May 2013 (UTC)

I don't think it matters either way. Most articles do well with a mix of the two. I don't think having a mixed article (British English and American English mixed together in one article) has any negative effects on the article quality. Most people don't care if they see the word "program" or "programme", for example (please forgive any slight mispelling of the British English side of things in the example). Many Wikipedia articles are mixed in that regard and I only rarely see any complaints. (talk) 22:37, 16 June 2013 (UTC)
Nonetheless, wikipedia has a Manual of Style which includes the stipulation that the spelling should follow one consistent variety within an article. The shortcut to the manual of style component that lists permitted exceptions to this rule is WP:CONSISTENCY. If the articles you mention are really mixed up, then that is a matter for editors to correct. Sminthopsis84 (talk) 13:47, 17 June 2013 (UTC)

Celery Increasing Heart Attack Risk after Heavy Excersize (Due to Hormonal Chemicals in Celery). True or False?[edit]

Years ago this was talked about, I don't know whether or not it was an urban myth. In the 80's I would occassionally see on TV some stuff about this. Supposedly celery contains a chemical that mimics a human hormone that can overstress the heart if celery is eaten before heavy excersize. Supposedly any vigerous excersize after eating a significant amount of celery was advised against, due to an increased risk of heart attack. Even if true I don't know if this applies to everyone, or just people who already have a heart condition or an otherwise weakened heart.

If true and if citations are available, this this would certainly deserve a section in the article. Any such addition should be acurate, well sourced and if there is any (credible) controversy on the subject, both sides should be presented in a well balanced manner. (talk) 22:47, 16 June 2013 (UTC)

Apparently, there are some types of serious allergic reactions that only occur with strenuous exercise. Some of these allergies are to food, and celery has been known to cause the problem, as reported in this article. Sminthopsis84 (talk) 14:01, 17 June 2013 (UTC)