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Friday Food 182 – Chinese Celery

chopsticksFriday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, we are looking at celery with a difference.

There are two types of celery widely available in China.

First is what we westerners think of as regular celery (Apium graveolens), known in Mandarin Chinese as 西芹 or western celery. Then there is what the Chinese think of as regular celery, simply known as 芹菜. (Apium graveolens var. secalinum) Chinese celery or more properly Leaf Celery. It is not exclusive to China is thinner and longer than the western plant and its taste is stronger. More obviously, the Chinese version is sold with its leaves intact. These are eaten as a stir fried vegetable.

Here are the two side by side.

Left: western celery; right: Chinese celery

Unlike western celery, Chinese celery is rarely eaten raw, instead being used in stir fries, soups, hot pots etc. It is also pickled.

Chinese celery is available from every market and supermarket at around ¥7.50 / 500g; western celery is similarly priced, if not a bit cheaper.

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One Response to “Friday Food 182 – Chinese Celery”

  1. Robert Says:

    I often use the leaves from Chinese celery as a substitute for Italian parsley which is also a specie of Apium. Goes well in pasta dishes.

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