Good-quality celery should have even-colored, unblemished and smoothed-skinned stalks. Leaves should be fresh with no signs of wilting. Contrary to popular belief, light green stalks taste better than those that are dark green. Scratch the butt-end of the celery with your fingernail. A sweet or bitter smell means sweet or bitter flavor.
While light green stalks are preferred, avoid celery with white stalks which indicates old product.- Stalks that are soft, spreading out and bend are also signs of old product. Thick veins and rough inside surfaces indicate over-aged and tough celery.
Available year-round from California. Washington celery is available from August until November with a peak in September.
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