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Apium graveolens (Chinese Celery)

Life: Biennial

Size: 12-18"

Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Water: Normal to Boggy

Soil: Sandy to Sandy Loam, Mildly Acidic to Neutral pH

Similar in some ways to European celery, the Chinese have been cultivating, eating, and using this vegetable for traditional medicines since the 5th century AD. The main differences between Chinese celery and regular celery is that the Chinese variety has thinner, hollow stalks ranging from white to dark green and a much stronger flavor. It is rarely eaten raw, but is excellent when the whole plant is chopped up and added to soups or stir-fries. It can be stored in the vegetable crisper in the refridgerator just like regular celery, where it will keep for several days, and should be rinsed before using.