What is celeriac?

The unsung hero of the vegetable world, knobbly, odd-shaped celeriac has a subtle, celery-like flavour, with nutty overtones. Try it as mash, in big-flavoured, slow-cook dishes, or in its classic form, and as they do in France, as a remoulade.

How to prepare celeriac

Using a sharp knife, top and tail the celeriac, then use a potato peeler to remove the rhino-tough skin. Expect to discard about a quarter of the celeriac by the time you've done this.

How to cook celeriac

Boils in 20 mins, roasts in around 40 mins when cut into rough-shaped chunks.

Recipe suggestions

Celeriac soup is a great winter staple, or try celeriac oven chips for a healthier twist. This root veg works well in creamy dishes, and with cheese – try a celeriac bake with parmesan crumbs for your next roast dinner, or keep things simple with a twist on mash potatoes, like our celeriac champ. Classic remoulade is traditionally served with cold cuts of meat and crusty bread.

How to store celeriac

In the salad drawer of your fridge. Celeriac discolours quickly once peeled or chopped, so immerse in a bowl of water, after chopping to size, with a squeeze of lemon juice or a splash of white wine vinegar added (also known as 'acidulated water').

When is celeriac in season?

Celeriac is available year round but is at its best from September to April.

Learn how to grow your own celeriac from the experts at Gardeners’ World.

Choose the best celeriac

Choose a firm root that feels heavy for its size. Avoid those that are discoloured.

Alternatives to celeriac

Try butternut squash, turnip or swede.