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    Apium graveolens

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    apium graveolens


    In Latin language, the celery was called sedano (which gave rise to celery and its Italian, German and French cognates) or apium, which is found in Catalan and Provençal api and the regional German word Eppich. The ultimate origin of both names is dark.

    The species name means “strongly smelling” (Latin gravis “grave, heavy” and olens “smelling” from the verb olere)


    Traditional name

    Syn.: Seseli graveolens, Sium graveolens, Celeri graveolens, Apium celeri
         German: Echter Sellerie, Epf, Ettich
         engl.: Smallage Parsley
         ita: sedano

    Used parts


    Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Dicotyledonae; Rosiflorae / Rosidae; Apiales; Umbelliferae / Apiaceae - Carrot / Celery Family



    Original proving

    History and authority: Allen: Encyclopedia Materia Medica, Vol. I, 422; Clarke: A Dicionary of Practial Materia Medica, Vol. I, 145.

    Description of the substance

    Although celery is thought to be from the Mediterranean, indigenous "wild" relatives of celery are found in southern Sweden, the British Isles, Egypt, Algeria, India, China, New Zealand, California and southernmost portions of South America. However it is doubtful that it’s center of origin was that extensive.

    Celery is a widely cultivated, biennial plant which also grows wild in salty soils of North and South America, Europe, and Africa. The fleshy, bulbous root sends up, in the second year, an angular, furrowed, branched stem from 1 to 3 feet high. Celery leaves are opposite, dark green, shiny, and pinnate, the leaflets wedge-shaped, incised, coarsely toothed. The white to gray- white flowers bloom from July to November. The fruit is a small, ribbed, elliptic-ovate seed.
    The seeds of celery are a different story altogether. They are the dried fruit of that wild smallage, and they are so small that it takes some 760,000 to make just one pound. But they make up in punch what they lack in size: they are intensely aromatic and strongly flavored.

    Celery seed, Apium graveolens
    Nutrient  Units  1 tsp
    2.0 g  
    Proximates  . .
    Water  g  0.121  
    Energy  kcal  7.840  
    Energy  kj  32.820  
    Protein  g  0.361  
    Total lipid (fat)  g  0.505  
    Carbohydrate, by difference  g  0.827  
    Fiber, total dietary  g  0.236  
    Ash  g  0.185  
    Minerals  . .
    Calcium, Ca  mg  35.340  
    Iron, Fe  mg  0.898  
    Magnesium, Mg  mg  8.800  
    Phosphorus, P  mg  10.940  
    Potassium, K  mg  28.000  
    Sodium, Na  mg  3.200  
    Zinc, Zn  mg  0.139  
    Copper, Cu  mg  0.027  
    Manganese, Mn  mg  0.151  
    Selenium, Se  mcg  0.242  
    Vitamins  . .
    Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid  mg  0.342  
    Thiamin  mg  0.007  
    Riboflavin  mg  0.006  
    Niacin  mg  0.061  
    Vitamin B-6  mg  0.007  
    Folate, total  mcg  0.200  
    Vitamin B-12  mcg  0.000  
    Vitamin A, IU  IU  1.040  
    Vitamin A, RE  mcg_RE  0.100  
    Vitamin E  mg_ATE  0.021  
    Lipids  . .
    Fatty acids, total saturated  g  0.044  
    4:0  g  0.000  
    6:0  g  0.000  
    8:0  g  0.000  
    10:0  g  0.000  
    12:0  g  0.000  
    14:0  g  0.000  
    16:0  g  0.026  
    18:0  g  0.008  
    Fatty acids, total monounsaturated  g  0.319  
    16:1 undifferentiated  g  0.005  
    18:1 undifferentiated  g  0.309  
    20:1  g  0.005  
    22:1 undifferentiated  g  0.000  
    Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated  g  0.074  
    18:2 undifferentiated  g  0.070  
    18:3 undifferentiated  g  0.004  
    18:4  g  0.000  
    20:4 undifferentiated  g  0.000  
    20:5 n-3  g  0.000  
    22:5 n-3  g  0.000  
    22:6 n-3  g  0.000  
    Cholesterol  mg  0.000  
    Phytosterols  mg  1.200  
    (Indian Institute of Spices Research, India )