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- n. Celery in its wild (uncultivated) form.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A biennial umbelliferous plant (Apium graveolens) native of the seacoats of Europe and Asia. When deprived of its acrid and even poisonous properties by cultivation, it becomes celery.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The celery-plant, Apium graveolens, especially in its wild State.
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Celery Celery, Apium graveolens, is the mild, enlarged version of a bitter, thin-stalked Eurasian herb called smallage.
Celery Celery was a thin-stalked, aromatic but bitter herb called smallage before gardeners developed the mild, thick-stalked vegetable.
Leaf celery is closely related to wild celery, and is also known as smallage, cutting celery, or Chinese celery.
Celery or as the ancients called it “smallage” has been used as a medicine since the time of the Greeks.
Celery Seed and table celery are grown from a domesticated variety of a wild plant known as “smallage.”
But if you have a mind to such questions, Euthydemus will presently desire you to give an account of smallage and cummin; one of the which, if trodden down as it springs, will grow the better, and the other men curse and blaspheme whilst they sow it.
Thus with the other provender he gave his horses smallage, and this upon very good reason; for horses that lie still grow sore in their feet, and smallage is the best remedy in the world against that.
And you will not find smallage or anything of the same nature given to any other horses in the whole “Iliad.”
Chinese celery (var. secalinum) is closer in form and flavor to smallage, while Asian water celery is a more distant relative (Oenanthe javanica) with a distinctive flavor.
Take young sprouts of smallage -- wash and drain them till perfectly dry.