Celery in the Home Garden
Most home gardeners don’t bother to grow celery and there is good reason for that. Celery is a, Biennial grown as an annual, long-season crop, which originates from wetlands and, therefore, requires cool, rich, damp soils to grow is finicky and difficult to grow.
Considering this, a small list of alternative which can be grown in the garden with generally less difficulty may be useful. Especially, if you don’t want to completely depend on the grocer. Here are few alternatives to true celery, which can be used as celery replacement with some accommodation for your families’ tastes and the dish in which they are used.
Angelica (Anglica archangellica) (Hardiness Zone 4 through 9)
Angelica is a biennial (6 to 8 ft tall) plant, whose the second-year stems can be used like celery. The stems are slightly sweet and can be used as a side dish or in soups and stews.
Cardoon (Cynara cardunculus) (Hardiness Zone 5 through 9)
Cardoon is a perennial (4 to 6 ft tall) plant, whose young chopped leaf stocks may be used like celery in soups, and stews.
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) (Hardiness Zone 5 through 9)
Common Fennel is a perennial (3 to 5 ft tall) plant, whose young stems may be used like celery. The Florence Fennel bulb is, also, popular as a vegetable for salads and soups.
Lovage (Levisticum officinale) (Hardiness Zone 3 through 8)
Lovage is a perennial (3 to 9 ft tall) plant, which vaguely resembles its cousin celery in appearance and in flavor. Lovage is much easier to grow than celery and is every bit as tasty.
Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum) (Hardiness Zone 3 through 8)
Now, Rhubarb (sometimes called the” pie plant”) may not be an obvious choice, the the stocks early in the season, with their tart character, can make an excellent replacement for Celery in strongly sauced dishes. Especially, dishes, which use a sauce with a sweet undertone or which are after the contrasting flavors of sweet and tart.