Celery seed is related, but not identical, to the vegetable celery plant. The flavor and aroma of Celery Seed is similar to Fennel and Anise. Think of Celery Seeds as providing the concentrated flavor of celery. Most commercially grown celery doesn’t have much flavor so celery seeds give a dish a little extra celery flavor. Celery salt is made of 3 parts salt and 2 parts ground celery seed, and the blend may include herbs such as parsley and dill. Once celery seeds are ground, they loose their flavor fairly quickly and become bitter. To me, celery seeds just add a little different celery flavor to dishes. Celery seeds work perfectly with tomato and are essential to mixed vegetable juices like V-8.That’s why many Bloody Mary recipes call for Celery Salt. Have you ever noticed the distinctive taste you get on a Chicago Dog??? Celery Salt! Many popular commercial spice blends for poultry and meat rely on celery seed such as Herbes Provence. BTW Celery is a member of the Parsley Family—How ’bout that for useless knowledge!!
Could be that Celery Seeds are the secret indregrient in some Chili batches. Only the cook knows for sure!
P.S. The ancient Greeks and Romans used Celery Seed for its medicinal purposes and there was a popular belief that it was an aphrodisiac![:D][:D][:D][8D]Give it a shot PJ8!!