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Celeriac

Servings and nutritional value

250 ml (1 cup) celeriac, uncooked = 2 vegetable servings

Nutrients % Daily requirement*
Energy: 70 calories  
Fibre: 3 g 12 %
Vitamin C: 13.2 mg 20 %
Potassium: 495 mg 14 %

Celeriac is a certain favourite

Celeriac, which is native to the Mediterranean, isn’t part of the common celery plant but is a separate variety that’s specially cultivated for its oversized root. The root’s shape is irregular and comparable in size to a large rutabaga. Despite its “odd” appearance, it’s a great all-purpose vegetable with a fine flavour reminiscent of celery…with a touch of walnut. It can be eaten raw or cooked, and it even grows right here in Quebec. A sure favourite, once you get to know it!

Did you know?

  • Commercial celery salt is actually flavoured with celeriac. No wonder this root vegetable is so enjoyable in winter time, when it adds flavour and aroma to soups, potages, purées, gratin dishes and stews.

Chef's tips

  •  When you buy celeriac, make sure to choose a root that feels firm. The more even its shape is, the easier it will be to peel without waste. Because the exposed part darkens rapidly on contact with air, cook it promptly or else sprinkle it with lemon juice or vinegar dressing after it’s been cut up.
  • Because celeriac is highly aromatic, it’s particularly enjoyable in salads.
  • Boiled celeriac flavoured with fresh herbs and garnished with a pat of butter makes an excellent side dish with fowl, meat or fish.
  • Celeriac in remoulade dressing is a typical recipe in French bistros. Grate the raw celeriac, and mix with mayonnaise, olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard. Ideal as a sandwich spread.
  • Apples and cranberries: Grate raw celeriac and combine with dry cranberries, grated apple and chopped green onion. Flavour with powdered cumin and mix into plain yogurt. Add canned tuna (optional).
  • Fennel and walnuts: Grate raw celeriac and mix with blanched, thinly sliced fennel, chopped walnuts, and flavour with a dressing made of mayonnaise, maple syrup and sesame oil. Garnish with sliced fresh strawberries.

* Based on Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs)
Source: Health Canada – Canadian Nutrient File (CNF)


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