Celeriac, also called celery root is similar in flavour, aroma, and requirements of celery. It is grown for its large, swollen root, that looks similar to turnips. It is also hardier and more disease resistant than celery and is best when come to harvest in cool weather. In this article, we will share how to grow celeriac, the nutrients and health benefits this vegetable has to offer.
How To Grow Celeriac
Celeriac is easy to grow, sow directly outdoors from mid-late spring. Grow celeriac in open soil or in trenches in full sun, although will tolerate partial shade. Sow Celeriac seeds around 0.5 cm in container/pots full of well-drained soil rich in organic matter such as compost or manure.
When plants are around 3-4 inches tall transplant in open soil or trenches leaving 8-10 inches between plants. When transplanting make sure to dig out the soil and replace it with well-drained organic soil. Water regularly especially in dry spells, keep soil constantly moist, and weed-free.
When growing over winter cover with fleeces or clothes to prevent frost. Harvest from late autumn till mid-spring. Lift the roots with a fork and cut stems close to the knobby root.
Nutrients And Health Benefits
Celeriac is rich in beneficial nutrients including vitamins C, K, and B-6, minerals, phosphorus, potassium, and manganese. In addition, they are packed with antioxidants and offer many health benefits. For example, celeriac may benefit heart health, improve digestion, strengthen your bones, and offer anti-cancer properties.
Celeriac is easy to add to your diet, it can be eaten raw or cooked. It is a versatile vegetable and can also be prepared in many ways such as mashed, baked, roasted, boiled, steamed, etc. Try adding celeriac to coleslaws, your favorite vegetables, and salads, cut them up into slices, and add to any soup, stew, etc.