Celery Leaf, White Queen (Organic)
Apium graveolens. 70 days.
Bright-green, aromatic leaves atop long, skinny, white stems give White Queen a stark visual contrast from the classic western stem celery. Thrives in cool fall weather, overwinters easily, and sometimes grows back vigorously as a second and third year perennial. This leaf celery is a Chinese variety with a strong flavor that is used more as an herb than a vegetable. Perfect for Chinese food recipes that include both stems and leaves. Strong flavors are a great addition to stir fry, soups, and Thai dishes that call for celery leaf. The unique white stems make for a captivating addition to market displays. White Queen is a celebration of biodiversity within the celery family.
Sow in pots indoors March through April. Germination in 2-3 weeks. Transplant in fertile soil when plants are 3” tall, to 4-8” centers for celery leaf and 12″ centers for celeriac/celery. Keep well fertilized, watered, and cultivated. Harvest leaves as needed or whole plants when mature.
Collect seeds in second year from 15 or more plants for replanting or culinary use. Cut seed stalks when seeds are dry, thresh by hand, dancing, or hitting seed stalk against sides of a bucket. Winnow and screen to clean. Isolate from other A. graveolens by at least ¼ mile.