PINK PLUME CELERY (Apium graveolens) is an heirloom variety dating to 1894. The flavor is as intense as the exquisite coloration. Plants are compact with an abundance of stalks and leaves. The flavor is sweet and intense with hints of anise. Use fresh or in cooked dishes. This beauty deserves a place in your kitchen garden! Biennial, 100 days, 24-30” tall. 50 Seeds.
HEALTH BENEFITS: Why grow celery, when it is so inexpensive at the grocers? Well, one reason is that USDA tests have found more than 60 different pesticides on commercially-grown celery (as opposed to organic). And, I was researching foods to help my aging knees and celery came out on top! It reduces inflammation, so if you are suffering from joint pains (and also lung infections, asthma, or acne), eating more celery will bring much-needed relief. Because of its high mineral content - especially magnesium - celery is great for stress relief. It aids digestion, especially reducing acidity. Low in calories (only 10 per stalk) and the salt content is healthy, not like table salt.
GROWING TIPS: Sow in winter in a flat and cover lightly with fine growing medium. Germination takes up to 21 days, so be patient and keep the flat moist, not wet. When seedlings emerge and get about an inch high, prick out and pot up in small pots. Gradually harden off and transplant in mid spring. Keep well-watered for the remainder of the time. If you want the full red color, do not trench to blanch. When ready, you can harvest the outer stalks by carefully cutting away and let the remainder continue growing. Or harvest entire plant by cutting at the ground level.