The celery varietal that supplies us with what we consider celery seed is nothing like the other celery that we know so well. Dried celery seeds are light brown in color and have a penetrating, hay-like aroma. The flavor is strong, slightly bitter, warm, and lingers on the palate. Great for pickles, mustard, chutney, and used in celery salt.
Spice Fun Fact: Used primarily as a medicine by Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans until the 1600s, today the volatile oil from celery seed is used in perfumes and pharmaceuticals.