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Originally written by Kimberly Cripps , former SDSU Extension Family & Community Health Field Specialist, with contributions by Megan Erickson, former SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist, and Hope Kleine, former SDSU Extension Health Education Field Specialist.

Pick it!

  • Chose straight, ridged celery stalks that smell fresh
  • Avoid limp or floppy stalks and those that seem woody, soft or spongy.
  • Celery can be stored in a refrigerator in a plastic bag for a week or more.
  • Celeriac is easiest to peel and slice with smooth skin and can be stored wrapped in plastic in refrigerator up to one week.
  • Celery makes a great snack raw-separate the stalk from the bunch, trim leaves if desired.

Try it!

  • The leaves can also be added to stuffing and salads.
  • Celeriac can be eaten raw or grated into salads. It is also commonly cubed and roasted with other root vegetables.
  • Celeriac can also be a great addition to mashed potatoes, boiled and mashed with the potatoes.
  • Celery and leaves are popularly added to soups and stir fry for added crunch and nutrition.

Like it! Celery Apple Salad


  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup apples, chopped and cored
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 1 ½-Tablespoon non-fat plain yogurt
  • ½-Tablespoon non-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 ½ Tablespoon 100% apple juice
  • 2 Tablespoons raisins or Craisins
  • Salt and pepper to taste (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, combine celery, apples, raisins and walnuts. Mix.
  2. In a small bowl, mix yogurts together with apple juice and blend thoroughly.
  3. Pour dressing over apple mixture. Mix well to coat.
  4. Serve. Refrigerate leftovers. Makes 2 to 3 servings.

Yield: 2 to 3 servings

Nutrition Facts per Serving: Calories 80; Fat 1.5g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 20mg; Carbohydrate 16g; Sugars 12g; Fiber 2g; Protein 2g

Source: Cornell University

Program Materials

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