If you’ve not tried celeriac before, you’ve likely seen it in the supermarket aisles. Celeriac isn’t the prettiest vegetable, but where it lacks in looks, it makes up for versatility and taste.
What Is Celeriac?
Celeriac is a celery-like vegetable that looks like a large gnarled turnip.
It has a mild taste and can be eaten raw or cooked. Celeriac can also be used as an ingredient in soups, stews, and salads.
Celeriac is becoming popular as an alternative to potatoes with celeriac chips and celeriac mash popular choices.
What Does Celeriac Taste Like?
It tastes similar to celery but with more of an earthy and nutty flavour. Although it has been around for quite some time, it is not well known by the general public because many people are unfamiliar with it.
How To Prepare Celeriac
The skin of celeriac is tough; you need a sharp knife rather than a vegetable peeler to remove it.
Start by removing the top and bottom of the celeriac before slicing the skin off with the knife. Try to leave as much of the flesh on as possible.
Next, chop it up into the appropriate size pieces depending on what celeriac recipe you are making.
How To Cook Celeriac
Celeriac can be cooked in a variety of different ways;
- Roasted – about 30 minutes (depending on the size of the chunks)
- Boiled – about 20 minutes
- Fried – about 10 minutes
Can You Eat Celeriac Raw?
Yes, celeriac can be eaten raw; it’s eaten this way in many countries.
Celeriac can be added to salads, sliced and used as a crudité or grated and added to a salad dressing for a nice crunchy texture.
Celeriac Remoulade is a popular starter where celeriac is grated raw and stirred into mayonnaise, mustard and lemon juice.
How To Store Celeriac
Celeriac is best stored in the fridge and can last up to 10 days, depending on when it was picked.
Celeriac should be firm; if it has started to go soft and mushy, that means it has started to go off.
Can You Freeze Celeriac?
Yes, you can freeze celeriac, but it’s best to peel and chop it, then blanch it before putting it in the freezer.
When Is Celeriac In Season?
The season for celeriac in the UK is from September until April, although it is usually available year-round.
Where Can I Buy Celeriac?
You should find celeriac in most supermarkets, in the vegetable aisle. Also, local farmers markets and fruit and vegetable stalls should have it available when in season.
Celeriac is often grown in the UK from seed. It is generally planted in March and harvested between October and March.