Celeriac certainly won't be winning any beauty contests, but its personality more than makes up for it. This plant is a kind of celery, but instead of producing large edible stalks it concentrates its effort into making a large root tuber. Most people really enjoy its root vegetable texture and mild celery flavor. I'm sure the reason you don't often see it in the grocery store is its poor PR campaign.
Like other root vegetables, celeriac has a long storage life. Keep it in a plastic bag in your refrigerator for months.
- Cut off the top and bottom with a large knife then peel the remaining skin away.
- It will brown if cut and left exposed to air for a long time, but the flavor won't be affected. You can either use it right away, keep in water or toss with some lemon juice to prevent browning.
- Cube and use in soups or stews.
- Grate and eat raw in salads.
- Boil with potatoes and make celery flavored mashed potatoes.