Celery Salt - How To Use
It is a seasoning made with salt and ground celery or lovage, with a somewhat grassy flavour. Celery salt is typically three parts salt and two parts celery seed. Celery seeds themselves are bitter, savoury and lemony with a warm earthy taste. The bitter substances are destroyed by heat when cooking.
So, is celery salt healthier than normal table salt?
As you may not be aware, table salt is typically high in sodium. Sodium is known to increase the risk of high blood pressure and stroke when consumed in large amounts. Consequently, celery salt will not increase your risk of known diseases. Celery seeds have a stronger flavour than stalks and leaves. Contrary to some belief, celery salt isn't just for Bloody Marys, although would it be that bad if it were the case?
- For over 3000 years, celery was a staple in the diets of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. The ancient Greeks and Romans intertwined celery leaves into the crowns of winners of sports events with the Romans also adding the seeds to bread, wine, cheese and soups.
- In medieval Europe, celery was considered an aphrodisiac.
- By the 17th Century, a new kind of celery came into existence, introduced by Italians, the celery we know today. However, its wild relative "smallage", which celery can also be known as, is the variety that is still cultivated today for its seeds that are part base of celery salt. Various blogs suggest that celery salt is the secret ingredient in KFC chicken.
- Celery contains eighty per cent water, although contrary to belief, it is not zero calories.
- Celery seeds contain the highest amount of the allergen of the celery plant, so if you are allergic to celery, you should stay well clear of celery salt.
Chief Flavour Compound
Limonene: (citrus, herbal and turpentine) the herbal taste of the spice is produced by lactone compounds called phthalides, where trace amounts give a deep flavour. Both black pepper and coriander share the limonene compound.
Blends to try with Celery Salt
A luscious and savoury all-purpose seasoning blend. Paying homage to Ancient Roman cookery that celebrated the eating of vegetables, it was and still is understood that eating vegetables may help lower the risk of various health problems. Made with dehydrated ground herbs, vegetables and spices. Seasoning vegetables with this delectable blend and making it a part of a healthy diet can add a distinct flavour profile. Try a pinch with smashed avocado on sourdough bread or 2 tsp for a whole roast chicken marinade.
Welcome to Ethiopian indulgence of well-balanced, rich and spicy flavours. This heavyweight is our take on a kaleidoscope of spice heat, sweet and deep flavours. Ethiopian cooking is a fine cuisine that uses pure and fragrant spices, but the heat of the chilli peppers is difficult to ignore. Even with this abundance, this Ethiopian spice offers a well-balanced and rounded flavour profile. Its versatility lends itself to homemade burgers in cooking or Bloody Mary's in beverage making.
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Rich in cumin seeds and fenugreek leaves, this medium-spiced, piquant blend can be used in a host of seafood dishes. "Mahi" meaning fish in Persian, offers the marriage of the nutritional benefits of the spices with fish, meaning the omega-3 properties produced, give an extra health boost at your next fish supper. This can be mixed with a neutral oil and brushed over grilled or roasted cod, sea bass, or even salmon, for a perfectly seasoned fish dish. You might like to dry it in kedgeree.