Celery Seed (ground)
Collected from a plant that bears little similarity to the edible vegetable, celery, celery seeds are small, pale-khaki seeds with a strong bitter taste.
Use in pickles and chutneys, mix with salt to season seafood and add to tomato juice, especially when making a Bloody Mary.
Matches well with eggplant, eggs, fish, peas, potatoes, stuffing, tomatoes, popular in coleslaw and salads such as tuna, potato and egg , which can be tossed onto a bed of lettuce, eaten alone or spread onto bread.
Celery seed has been used as medicine for thousands of years to treat colds, flu, water retention, poor digestion, various types of arthritis, and certain diseases of the liver and spleen.
Today, celery seed is used for treating arthritis and gout, and to help reduce muscle spasms, calm the nerves, and reduce inflammation. A few studies suggest that celery seed extracts may help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as protect the liver from damaging substances such as the pain reliever acetaminophen (Tylenol).
Research has shown that people who eat a diet rich in lutein - found in celery, spinach, broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes, oranges, carrots, and greens - were less likely to develop colorectal cancer.