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sandylc Sep 15, 2012 07:04 PM

From my SIL: NO ONE likes celery.

Discuss.

  1. jmcarthur8 Sep 15, 2012 07:38 PM

    Tell your SIL she is incorrect. I love celery in soup, in salads, plain or with peanut butter and raisins or with blue cheese dip. Or any old way you want to serve it to me. I love it in tuna salad, Waldorf salad and potato salad. I love it in sage dressing at Thanksgiving.
    If I think of any more, I'll chime back in again.

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    1. re: jmcarthur8
      Jen76 Sep 16, 2012 10:02 AM

      Ditto. Celery is a favorite of mine. The leaves are good chopped into soups and salads too.

    2. chefathome Sep 15, 2012 07:54 PM

      Celery is essential in mire poix, many soups, stews, chicken and dumplings and dressing as jmcarthur already mentioned. I gew my own this year for the first time and they really are beautiful (and tasty) plants.

      Has your SIL had braised celery? Very good.

      How does your SIL feel about celeriac? I adore it. But I know that wasn't your question...

      ETA: Your SIL can use celery leaves to dry to make celery salt which. I use the leaves, too, usually to flavour soups/stews or as a main component of salad. So nice with goat or blue cheese, toasted nuts, etc.

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        pine time Sep 17, 2012 02:06 PM

        Sorry, but I agree with the SIL--yes, it's evil.

        Even so, I DO use it, 'cause I think it's a law or something, for mire poix.

      2. KitchenBarbarian Sep 15, 2012 08:07 PM

        *I* love celery! In my potato soup, in stuffing, in stir fry, raw with blue cheese dressing - lots of things I like to use celery for.

        Heck, I need celery seed for potato salad too!

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          John Francis Sep 15, 2012 10:19 PM

          Raw celery by itself may not amount to much, but as a crudité for dipping, when braised, as one of the three elements in mirepoix and the Cajun holy trinity, and many other uses, it's one of the kitchen's more valuable players. (Others have already said much of this but it's worth repeating.)

          1. ipsedixit Sep 15, 2012 10:31 PM

            How would I eat peanut butter without it?

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              pine time Sep 17, 2012 02:09 PM

              That's why God made fingers.

            2. sunshine842 Sep 16, 2012 01:13 AM

              Your SIL must not know very many people.

              1. almond tree Sep 16, 2012 03:21 AM

                I would have to be very hungry indeed to choose to munch on a stalk of raw celery -- blecch! But I do add it to many, many savory dishes. It gives a certain something to soups, stews, etc. Kind of spikes up the flavor.

                1. scubadoo97 Sep 16, 2012 04:28 AM

                  Not much to discuss. Different strokes

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                    Harters Sep 16, 2012 04:33 AM

                    I cook celery for a vegetable dish (usually a quick "braise" with carrot batons). I make soup with it. I chop it into salads. And it's my favourite thing to eat with cheese. The leaves go in all sorts of things, at the same time as the other fresh herbs.

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                      INDIANRIVERFL Sep 16, 2012 05:01 AM

                      The procuring agent for the US Army commissaries in the Nurenburg region forgot to order celery just prior to Thanksgiving. People were driving to Frankfurt and Augsburg to get celery for their stuffing.

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                        Janet from Richmond Sep 16, 2012 05:09 AM

                        I'm with your SIL. Other than being a carrier for peanut butter and dips, it has no redeeming value IMO.

                        And cooked celery is the worst. I leave it out of any recipe that calls for it.

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                        1. re: Janet from Richmond
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                          pine time Sep 17, 2012 02:05 PM

                          You forgot as a Bloody Mary stirrer. Otherwise, it's useless stuff, IMO.

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                          tastesgoodwhatisit Sep 16, 2012 05:42 AM

                          I love celery, and will eat it straight up, raw.

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                            mrbigshotno.1 Sep 16, 2012 10:21 AM

                            Eat 3 or 4 ribs a day, one of the best internal body cleansers there is.

                          2. The Professor Sep 16, 2012 06:07 AM

                            She is being SILly.
                            Celery is a beautiful thing, raw or cooked.
                            And in Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray soda, it is sublime.

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                            1. re: The Professor
                              johnb Sep 17, 2012 10:21 AM

                              +1 for DBC-RS. Would never eat corned beef without it if it's available. A curious food pairing that works so well.

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                              magiesmom Sep 16, 2012 06:18 AM

                              I hated celery for years, having been practically force fed it as diet food as a child. Also , most supermarket celery is devoid of flavor. However, judging celery on that basis would be like deciding you don't like tomatoes having only had one from the supermarket. Good, fresh celery has lots of crunch and flavor.

                              1. gingershelley Sep 16, 2012 09:53 AM

                                Hot wings are not the same without nice, crispy celery on the side (with chunky blue cheese dressing, please). My tuna and egg salad would never be alright without it either.

                                And second on all here who have mentioned mirepoix, holy trinity, and Turkey day stuffing.....

                                Also stock would not be balanced without it.

                                I like to keep some cut celery standing up in a rocks glass with ice cubes and water in the door of the fridge, so if I go grazing in the fridge for a snack, they are right there to give a satisfying crunch and keep me out of the cheese drawer!

                                1. KitchenBarbarian Sep 16, 2012 09:55 AM

                                  The thing is, if NOBODY liked it, nobody would buy it, and hence grocery stores wouldn't carry it. So what does she think happens to all that celery in the grocery store, they just keep it around for decoration? LOL!

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                                    CarrieSeas Sep 16, 2012 10:18 AM

                                    I hated celery as a young kid and young cook, but now I use it lots.

                                    chicken/tuna/egg salads
                                    T-day dressing
                                    stuff in chicken cavity w/onions, carrots, etc.
                                    I love the tender leaves in my potato soup
                                    soups/stews
                                    snacking
                                    stocks chicken/turkey/beef
                                    I've even finely diced it for omelets

                                    wrap it in foil and it keeps for weeks in the fridge

                                    1. mucho gordo Sep 16, 2012 11:00 AM

                                      I know I'm outnumbered here but, I have to agree with your SIL. To me, it is a fibrous and somewhat indigestible item overused primarily as a cheap filler to give texture to some dishes while cutting down on the costlier main ingredient(s). It's almost non-existent taste is easily overpowered by most other ingredients.
                                      I will admit to liking Campbell's Cream of Celery soup as a kid; probably because of the salt content and the more concentrated flavor.

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                                      1. re: mucho gordo
                                        scubadoo97 Sep 16, 2012 02:00 PM

                                        I find it high in the umami taste. So to me definitely not tasteless

                                        1. re: scubadoo97
                                          mucho gordo Sep 16, 2012 04:20 PM

                                          Celery?? Umami??

                                          Umami: a strong meaty taste imparted by glutamate and certain other amino acids: often considered to be one of the basic taste sensations along with sweet, sour, bitter, and salty.

                                          I guess my taste buds have become insensitive to rather mild, almost neutral flavors.

                                          1. re: mucho gordo
                                            sunshine842 Sep 16, 2012 10:37 PM

                                            I would not say that celery is flavorless (some of it can be rather pronounced), but not sure I'd put it as umami, either.

                                            1. re: mucho gordo
                                              scubadoo97 Sep 17, 2012 06:10 AM

                                              Celery isn't high in glutamates but does have some. about half of other vegetables that are known to be high. When I eat it raw I get that glutamate taste but then that could just be me

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                                                mucho gordo Sep 17, 2012 10:22 AM

                                                It has to be you, scubadoo; I wouldn't know the taste of a glutamate if I fell over one.

                                                1. re: mucho gordo
                                                  huiray Sep 17, 2012 11:34 AM

                                                  Just curious, are you a chilehead?

                                                  (I also can definitely taste the "savory" aspect of celery, though I might not characterize it as "umami")

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                                                    mucho gordo Sep 17, 2012 06:51 PM

                                                    Chilihead???? Yeah, I suppose so.

                                              2. re: mucho gordo
                                                johnb Sep 17, 2012 10:30 AM

                                                I don't get much umami in celery by itself, but one of my favorite ways to eat it is filled with cream cheese topped with an anchovy filet. Now THAT's umami.

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                                                  The Professor Sep 17, 2012 12:15 PM

                                                  NOW we're talking!

                                          2. biondanonima Sep 16, 2012 11:54 AM

                                            I dislike it raw or cooked in large chunks, but I use it, VERY finely chopped, in mirepoix, Thanksgiving stuffing, ragu Bolognese, etc. In these applications it adds a subtle flavor that I would miss if it weren't there. I hate the texture of it though, and if I can detect it visually or via mouthfeel, I despise it.

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                                              cresyd Sep 16, 2012 11:58 AM

                                              My mom hates celery, I like it. That being said, my mom does like celery root. So I think the first question by someone who doesn't like celery is if it's a taste issue or texture.

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                                                lcool Sep 16, 2012 02:22 PM

                                                I like it,raw and cooked in appropriate recipes.Husband and late father in law consider it toxic.
                                                If visible,it goes uneaten.

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                                                  Feed_me Sep 16, 2012 04:47 PM

                                                  Besides many of the reasons in favor of celery above, I love some chopped celery in my fried rice. I think it does add some discrete flavor.

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                                                  beachmouse Sep 16, 2012 05:42 PM

                                                  I like the flavor, but hate the stringiness of it, so generally only eat it when it's fully cooked and well minced.

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                                                    tardigrade Sep 16, 2012 08:09 PM

                                                    Same here: it's essential in mirepoix, and soups and stocks, but I while I like the taste I hate the texture of raw celery stalks. I can tolerate them minced if I must. Celery root, on the other hand, I'm fine with.

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                                                      sr44 Sep 16, 2012 08:13 PM

                                                      Peel the strings off.

                                                      1. re: beachmouse
                                                        huiray Sep 16, 2012 09:16 PM

                                                        As sr44 says, just de-string it. Easy. I do it by hand. Others do it w/ a potato/veggie peeler, others with a mandoline, others with a paring knife etc. If you've never done it, just do a google search for the subject.

                                                      2. huiray Sep 16, 2012 09:14 PM

                                                        She must have never seen anyone else eat celery.

                                                        (Do you like celery? If so, eat some in front of her.)

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                                                          sueatmo Sep 17, 2012 06:38 AM

                                                          I really like organically raised celery which has a fresher flavor. I often eat a few sticks with lunch, and I like it as a dipper, or stuffed with peanut butter for a snack. It is also lovely stuffed with homemade pimiento cheese. I think it would be lovely stuffed with goat cheese.

                                                          Your SIL is simply passing on her own prejudices or perhaps those of her family.

                                                          1. mels Sep 17, 2012 07:15 AM

                                                            Funny enough, as I browsed Chowhound while eating a favorite snack of mine- celery with peanut butter and raisins (the old "ants on a log" from childhood) I come across this thread! I like its salty tang and am even endeared to its fibrous texture. I love the contrast of the salty celery, creamy PB and sweet raisins.

                                                            Of course people like celery and am not sure why one would project their own food preferences on the rest of the population. Now, I am going to get back to my tasty snack....

                                                            1. mcf Sep 17, 2012 07:27 AM

                                                              Celery is an essential, along with certain fresh herbs, I always have it on hand.

                                                              1. tracylee Sep 17, 2012 08:50 AM

                                                                Chicken Salad has to have diced celery in it to have the right flavor and texture for me.

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                                                                  The Professor Sep 17, 2012 12:14 PM

                                                                  For me, same with tuna salad.

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                                                                  Byrdy Sep 17, 2012 10:40 AM

                                                                  I love celery, and finally found a super dish that stars celery. It is Ina Garten's Celery and Parmesan salad...so fresh, crisp and summery, with a lovely lemon vinaigrette. Craveable.

                                                                  http://www.thegoodstuffguide.com/ina-...

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                                                                    BuildingMyBento Sep 17, 2012 10:46 AM

                                                                    I think it's a good food to eat when your flight is delayed- I'm not pleased about either the delay or the celery, but its passive-aggressive crunch at such times will make other passengers envious.
                                                                    ...either that, or dilute its bitter flavor by hurling it into a soup, or reduce its ego by frying it- there's so much water in it it becomes a sweet little nothing.

                                                                    1. Perilagu Khan Sep 17, 2012 11:27 AM

                                                                      Please convey my thanks to your SIL. This thread has made me realize that celery is one of my favorite vegetables. (Not that I'm one of the great vegetarians, mark you!) I'd just never realized how much I rely on celery and really like what it does in the kitchen.

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                                                                        Clams047 Sep 17, 2012 11:47 AM

                                                                        Beyond all the delicious obvious uses (soups, stuffing, salads, stews, etc) there's celery salt - I can no longer imagine having a hot dog without celery salt (long live NY System wieners).

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                                                                          Perilagu Khan Sep 17, 2012 02:01 PM

                                                                          The same.

                                                                        2. jmcarthur8 Sep 17, 2012 01:02 PM

                                                                          sandylc,
                                                                          Now that the committee has voted rather in favor of SIL's hated celery (with a few nays, of course), what does SIL have to say about the popularity of said vegetable?

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                                                                            sandylc Sep 18, 2012 09:48 AM

                                                                            jm, with my husband's family it's generally best to smile and let sleeping dogs lie. Peace is good and celery isn't worth it! It does feel good to see that I'm not crazy to think she's a little crazy!!!

                                                                          2. MSK Sep 17, 2012 01:07 PM

                                                                            The only one I know that would agree with this statement is my garbage disposal.

                                                                            They definitely do NOT get along and a dissaster ensues every time we get them together! What a mess!

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                                                                            1. re: MSK
                                                                              huiray Sep 17, 2012 01:27 PM

                                                                              So stop putting it down your garbage disposal! (It's the strings...)

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                                                                                KitchenBarbarian Sep 17, 2012 03:31 PM

                                                                                I would be tempted to say it's your garbage disposal, but on the other hand, not much celery goes down the drain in my house.

                                                                                Still, I have a garbage disposal that chokes on nearly everything - onion peels, potato peels, forget ever putting a banana peel down there. But on the rare occasion when I find some forgotten celery when doing archaeological surveys of the back of my fridge, even the garbage disposal seems to enjoy celery!

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                                                                                pie22 Sep 17, 2012 01:50 PM

                                                                                love celery, my latest way is simply stir-fried with ginger, garlic,chili flake, a touch of soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and sugar...pretty perfect side

                                                                                1. LindaWhit Sep 17, 2012 01:52 PM

                                                                                  Organic celery tastes as I remember celery tasting when I grew up.

                                                                                  And I agree with others above - great with peanut butter or cream cheese; a must-have for the mirepoix in soups, it totally works in stir-frys, and it's a must-have for crunch in tuna or chicken salad.

                                                                                  And while I don't drink them, you NEED them in Bloody Marys!

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                                                                                    lcool Sep 17, 2012 02:28 PM

                                                                                    I can relate.At 67 I remember celery before the most modern stains of PASCAL.Two of us have been growing older stains,sedano and Chinese celery.A major difference in flavor profile.

                                                                                    and well liked by Monarch Butterflies,the larval stage,AKA the parsley worm

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                                                                                      huiray Sep 17, 2012 06:29 PM

                                                                                      Ah yes, Chinese celery. Pungent (in a non-hot way), flavorful, most definitely not tasteless.

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                                                                                        The Professor Sep 18, 2012 08:18 AM

                                                                                        LOVE Chinese celery. I save the leafy tops and put them in the dehydrator and store the dried result in a jar to be on the ready to add to stuffings, dumplings, and soups.

                                                                                  2. Terrie H. Sep 17, 2012 02:20 PM

                                                                                    I spent the first part of my life wondering why celery was good. I was only given it raw sliced in salads or with cream cheese and olive stuffing. It didn't excite me.

                                                                                    When I started cooking, I realized what it adds to the flavor of so many long-cooked foods, and worked my way back to loving the flavor of it raw. Progression....

                                                                                    And I really love the leaves for my soups and stews. Those leaves are gold!

                                                                                    1. Will Owen Sep 17, 2012 02:25 PM

                                                                                      Cream of Celery soup was one of my favorites for lunch when I was a kid, and if I'm in one of those weird bars that don't put a stalk in their Bloody Marys I'll get something else; I drink those things mostly for the celery! Peanut butter, of course, but it's an even better carrier of pimento cheese. Essential in pots of beans and in stocks, though the flavor is so strong (who said it didn't have ANY??) it can easily overpower everything else. It's also essential for the white bean salad we like; I slice it very thinly crosswise, which takes care of the string problem.

                                                                                      Aside from beans, stocks and soup, I'm not nuts for cooked celery, nor do I use it in potato salad often, unless I'm bumping up some Trader Joe's I've bought as a shortcut. But the assertion that NOBODY likes celery is clearly off by miles. Any vegetable grown and sold in such abundance is obviously more popular than not.

                                                                                      1. steinpilz Sep 17, 2012 08:27 PM

                                                                                        I absolutely love the way the Chinese cook celery with chicken, nuts, and hot sauce:

                                                                                        http://bitsyskitchen.com/poultry38.html

                                                                                        @castorpman

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                                                                                          Heatherb Sep 17, 2012 08:34 PM

                                                                                          I loathe it. Honestly. The only thing I will tolerate it in is soup or stuffing (and in the latter case I pick it out half the time). But it DOES add a nice flavor to soup. I like celery salt too, for some things if used lightly. Mainly it's the texture I hate, but the taste is a turn-off as well.

                                                                                          My other no-nos are lima beans, cauliflower (it's just undead broccoli) and okra. Raw onions fall into this category as well, but I can actually tolerate them ok in some cases.

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                                                                                            jujuthomas Sep 18, 2012 01:01 PM

                                                                                            I am actually not a huge fan of the flavor of celery, but I do use it or celery seed in recipes where it it not distinguishable on its own. But it has to be cut up fine. If I get soup (or other food) with large chunks of celery, I will pick them out. I do NOT eat raw celery.

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                                                                                              sandylc Sep 18, 2012 03:33 PM

                                                                                              It seems like to some celery is bland and to others it is very strong - I wonder if this is due to the varieties of celery available, or to different types of taste buds?

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                                                                                                sunshine842 Sep 19, 2012 09:39 AM

                                                                                                a little of both...I've had ridiculously bland celery, and celery that was very strong.

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                                                                                                  Harters Sep 19, 2012 09:50 AM

                                                                                                  There is probably a contribution to taste from the growing method. I suspect the traditional method of blanching it by earthing up and not harvesting until early winter will be a winner.

                                                                                                  Pot roast pheasant and celery will soon be putting in an appearance in the household. Lots of other celery recipes on this site - http://www.lovecelery.co.uk/recipes/d...

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                                                                                                    Perilagu Khan Sep 19, 2012 09:54 AM

                                                                                                    I'll check out that site with utmost celerity.

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                                                                                                      LindaWhit Sep 19, 2012 10:07 AM

                                                                                                      Looks like a dead site, Harters. I can access cached sites from September 15th of this year, but everything is without pictures, and I have to re-access cached links for each recipe.

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                                                                                                        KitchenBarbarian Sep 19, 2012 10:43 AM

                                                                                                        It's live for me.

                                                                                                        and LOL! at Perilagu Khan, you punster, you!

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                                                                                                          Harters Sep 19, 2012 11:24 AM

                                                                                                          Working fine for me, Linda

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                                                                                                            LindaWhit Sep 20, 2012 07:28 AM

                                                                                                            Weird. It's OK now for me. Perhaps they were fixing something. Or the Intertubez under the big pond weren't working. :-)

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                                                                                                          Gio Sep 20, 2012 07:58 AM

                                                                                                          While I wouldn't say I Love celery there's always a bunch in the fridge for all the reasons everyone up thread has stated. But I must thank Harters for linking the celery site. I need to make the Celery, Radish, Apple with Blue Cheese Salad tonight. It will help use up the radishes which I think are cloning themselves in the VG crisper...

                                                                                                          http://www.lovecelery.co.uk/recipes/d...

                                                                                                      2. iL Divo Sep 19, 2012 11:18 AM

                                                                                                        ...so this morning @ 1:04 I made my son and husband their to go lunches for work.
                                                                                                        in them went the same things:chicken sandwich from the roasted breasts that was dinner last night, carrot sticks, trail mix, water for the kid in a gallon jug that he asked to be frozen and a bottle of diet coke for hubby plus they both got peanut butter on celery. we love that treat.

                                                                                                        celery can be very over powering and you can't take it out say in a Bolognese, so....buyer beware, start with less, you can always add more if needed but if there's too much you just gotta dump.

                                                                                                        1. Caroline1 Sep 20, 2012 02:55 AM

                                                                                                          There is celery, and then there is CELERY! Depends on where you live, and where you buy it Celery from the produce department of a U.S. supermarket is (in my experience) about as different from head to head as milk is from carton to carton. It's "celery"! But if you move to other parts of the world than USA or (presumably) most of Canada, you could end up finding you have to "make do" with celery root or celeriac. There have been times in my life when I would have made a deal with the Devil to get a stalk of celery or a head of iceberg lettuce! Try making a mirapoix without celery... It's like trying to make brownies without chocolate! Maybe you can fake it, but it's going to be disappointing. VERY disappointing!

                                                                                                          1. KaimukiMan Sep 20, 2012 03:32 PM

                                                                                                            I'm afraid I can't agree with your SIL. I personally do not like celery and don't even use it for mirepoix (yeah, so its not really mirepoix),but I manage to do ok when other people use it, i just know the food would taste better without it. If i want that 'bite' that celery provides I'll dice up some green bell pepper. Still I have to admit that most people have no objection to celery and a fairly large percent of the population actually enjoy it.

                                                                                                            I wonder if there is any correlation between those who dislike celery and those who dislike cilantro?

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                                                                                                              huiray Sep 20, 2012 03:57 PM

                                                                                                              OK, now that green bell pepper - I might object to it. I don't particularly like it; stuffed green bell peppers are OK, other types of pepper (e.g. Poblano, marinated/roasted RED bell peppers, Shishito, etc) are fine.

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                                                                                                                Caroline1 Sep 20, 2012 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                Well, KM, if you were replacing the carrots with bell peppers in a mirepoix, then you'd have the Cajun cooking "Trinity," but sorry, no cigar. Even Cajun cooks love celery!

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                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Sep 20, 2012 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                  I detest cilantro and like celery. So no correlation...at least for me.

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                                                                                                                    Janet from Richmond Sep 24, 2012 07:33 AM

                                                                                                                    OTOH, I love cilantro and detest celery :-)

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                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Sep 24, 2012 07:50 AM

                                                                                                                      But still no correlation. :-)

                                                                                                                      And I used celery for my chicken stock mirepoix this weekend. AND had some celery with peanut butter as an afternoon Scooby Snack.

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                                                                                                                    Perilagu Khan Sep 21, 2012 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                    I really like celery but like cilantro only in small doses.

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                                                                                                                      johnb Sep 21, 2012 08:01 AM

                                                                                                                      I've been thinking about that cilantro/celery thing myself. In the case of cilantro I understand it's a gene carried by about 10% of the US population that does it (makes it taste soapy). Perhaps it could be the same type of thing with celery, but a different gene (??) so no correlation from individual to individual?

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                                                                                                                        sunshine842 Sep 21, 2012 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                        Like celery, avoid cilantro (don't despise it, but will brush it off or not order it if I get the chance.)

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                                                                                                                          Harters Sep 21, 2012 09:01 AM

                                                                                                                          I love to use celery and coriander. Not together, though.

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