Thursday, May 7, 2009

Indian Celery

Here's a new one on me, folks, Indian Celery. A friend on the west coast sent it to me. When I opened the box, I thought it was wild fennel. You can't blame me for thinking that: the plant is clearly an umbellifer. But you can smell wild fennel from a long way off and this plant has no smell to speak of. When I tasted a bit of the bloom, I got a huge celery bomb. Wow, this stuff is potent! I'm not sure of the exact species, but this is a Lomatium.

That's about all I know except the stems are too woody already to eat, so I'll use the blooms. I think I'll finely dice it and use it like fennel pollen for garnish.

What do you know about this plant?

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