A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in colour from white to green - the darker its colour, the stonger its flavour. It has a very mildly bitter taste and a texture that's both crisp and succulent and is eaten either raw or cooked.
Choose the best
Celery should be firm and tightly formed, with evenly shaped stalks and fresh-looking leaves.
The tougher outer stalks are the best to cook with - just pull them off at the base and use a peeler to remove any tough strings. The inner, more tender stalks are better for eating raw. Snap them off as you need them, then trim the ends and wash. The leafy tops can be used in salads.
In a perforated bag in the vegetable drawer of the fridge for around 2 weeks. Leave the stalks attached to the base until you're ready to use them.
Crop the stalks and the leafy tops and eat raw in a salad. Braise to eat as a side dish (10-15 minutes); slice diagonally for stir fries (stir fries in 4-6 minutes) or chop and add to soups and stews.