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Celeriac offers a unique flavor and texture that can elevate soups, stews, and other dishes. Its earthy, nutty taste adds depth to recipes, making it a favorite ingredient among chefs and home cooks.

History and Origin of Celeriac

Celeriac, also known as celery root, is a root vegetable that is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean region. It has been cultivated for centuries for its knobby, bulbous root and distinct flavor.

Celeriac Class, Calories, and Nutrition

Celeriac belongs to the Apiaceae family, similar to celery. It is known for its unique taste and texture. In a 100-gram serving, celeriac provides approximately 42 calories, 9 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of protein, and is a good source of dietary fiber. It is also a good source of vitamins C and K, phosphorus, and potassium.

Celeriac Seasonality by Continent and Month

  • North America and Europe: Celeriac is typically in season during the cooler months, from late summer through fall and into winter, in both North America and Europe.
  • Asia and other regions: In some regions, celeriac may be available throughout the year, depending on local growing conditions and availability.

Storage and Shelf Life

To store celeriac, remove any attached leaves and store it in a cool, dark place, such as a root cellar or the refrigerator. It can last for several weeks if stored properly. Before using, peel the outer layer to reveal the creamy white flesh underneath.

Substitution in Soups: What You “Could Like”

If you’re looking for a substitute for celeriac in your soups, there are a few options to consider. While they may not provide the exact same flavor and texture, they can still add depth and enhance the overall taste of your soup. Here are a few alternatives:

  • Potatoes: Potatoes can be a suitable substitute for celeriac in soups. They offer a creamy texture and mild flavor that can help thicken the soup. Peel and dice the potatoes, then add them to the soup during the cooking process.
  • Parsnips: Parsnips have a sweet and slightly earthy flavor that can resemble celeriac. They can add a pleasant taste to your soup. Peel and chop the parsnips into small pieces and include them in your soup as a substitute for celeriac.
  • Turnips: Turnips can provide a mildly sweet and slightly peppery taste, making them a viable option as a replacement for celeriac in soups. Peel and dice the turnips and add them to your soup as an alternative.
  • Carrots: While carrots have a distinct flavor, they can add a hint of sweetness and a vibrant color to your soup. Peel and chop the carrots into small pieces, then incorporate them into your soup as a substitute for celeriac.

Choose the substitute that best suits your preferences and complements the other ingredients in your recipe. Enjoy experimenting and creating delicious soups with these alternatives!

Food Facts

  • Class
  • Calories 42 calories
  • Nutrients
  • Season Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Storage
  • Shelf life
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Carolyn Moncel

Carolyn Davenport-Moncel is a digital media and communication consultant, author, mother, contrarian, book, music and reformed veggie lover and Founder and Souper-in-Chief at Simply Souperlicious, a platform devoted to helping fans "fall back in love with veggies" -- one local, seasonal, soup recipe at a time. Follow her veggie and soup journey on social media @simplysouperlicious.

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