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Celeriac and how to use it

Celeriac in Greek σελινόριζα = pr. selinoriza, is a strange and peculiar vegetable, somewhat ugly and repulsive and which is not used very often in Greek cuisine.  The most popular Greek dish is Chirino me Selinoriza (Pork with Celeriac).
One of the main reasons that many avoid celeriac is that they do not know how to use it or how to clean it.
How to use it
Fortunately, in recent years, we have discovered more and more ways to use it and  incorporate it in our diet.   Celeriac contains plenty of minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. It contains several of the B vitamins as well as vitamin C.
One of the joys of having celeriac in the fridge is that it lasts for several weeks. This means you can always count on there being a vegetable that’s edible in the fridge if you’ve not made it to the supermarket for a while.
It can be eaten raw in salads, cooked and pureed to accompany meat (especially pork) and fish, stewed like many other root vegetables, in casseroles, in soups and generally in other recipes where celery is added but without the intense celery taste but with a more mild and sweet taste and smell.

How to clean celeriac
Cleaning celeriac is very easy.  First of all start by washing the root.
Do not try to clean it as the potato, because that’s not the way.  You will need a cutting board and a sharp knife as a lot of skin will be removed.
Put it on the cutting board and cut the base so that it can sit flat on the board.
In order to peel the celeriac just remove the tough brown skin and put it in water with lemon juice in order to prevent it from oxidizing.
Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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6 Responses

  1. Ben

    I saw bulgur at the the store the other day. I’ve never tried it before, but my adventurous side keeps telling me to get some. This is a great idea 🙂

  2. giz

    I love the way you use up your ingredients. I go crazy when I feel like I have to throw anything away. I would even make this with barley – it would be delicious.

  3. Cynthia

    Somehow I always never feel inclined to turn the leftovers into a new dish, well except fried rice. 🙂

  4. Bellini Valli

    When I found that video of the Cypriot couple called “Greek meatballs” they also had a recipe for pilafi. I have been measning to try this so thanks for the reminder Sis:D

  5. Rosie

    I really do love to read about left-overs being made into another meal and this sounds and looks yummy Ivy 🙂

    Rosie x

  6. Elly

    Yum, Ivy. What a great way to use up leftovers. I’ve actually only had bulgur in tabbouli; I really should cook it in other applications. Thanks for the inspiration!