Apium graveolens

Names

Names

Scientific: Apium graveolens

English: Celery

Portuguese: Aipo

Origins

Origins

Family: Apiaceae

Origin: Western Europe

Life Cycle: Biennial

Properties

Properties

Aroma
Medicinal
Edibility

Parts Used

Parts Used

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Scientific NameApium graveolens
English NameCelery
Portuguese NameAipo, aipo-de-talos, aipo-dos-charcos, aipo-dos-pântanos, aipo-inculto, aipo-rábano, aipo-silvestre, salsa do monte.
German NameEchte Sellerie
FamilyApiaceae
OriginWestern Europe
HabitatBiennial or perennial herbaceous plant of Western Europe The silvestre celery appears in salty soils of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic coast in damp and marshy places. Appears mainly on the coast of the continent.
Life CycleBiennial
Preferences CultivationTemperate climate, clay soil, moist, deep, well-drained, slightly acidic and rich in nutrients.
Method of propagationSowing - the seeds ripen from August to September and should be sown between March and July.
Ornamental CharacteristicsFlowering from June to August. H: 0.4 m, ᴓ 0.5 m
Description of smells and flavorsDurable, warm and sweet.
Properties MedicinalCombat asthenia (lack of strength), hepatobiliary and renal insufficiency, alkalizing, antioxidant. Appetite stimulant, blood cleansing, digestive and slightly laxative. External use: healing action.
Properties EdibilityIt is used as a raw vegetable in salads. Can be added to soups, stews, casseroles, sauces and mayonnaise.
Properties OtherNone
Contraindications / Side Effects / CommentsContraindications: if you suffer from nephritis or renal impairment is not recommended ingesting pure essential oil, or fruit preparations. Pregnant women should avoid its consumption, because the species can cause uterine contractions. Side effects: The furanocoumarins (class of organic chemical compounds and many of these are toxic) of fruits can cause dermatitis.
Pests and diseases & how to fight themUnknown
How and When to harvest and / or pruning and which parts used. How many cuts per year?Parts used: aerial parts and fruits. Harvest: approximately 4 months after planting.
Can be used in intercropping ( repellent / attractive ) or is biopesticide?Unknown
Curiosity / Personal ExperiencesThe Romans had an ambiguous relationship with the celery. On the one hand, believed that it could bring bad luck. On the other, they believed it had aphrodisiac powers. Currently, this property is not assigned to the plant, however, is believed to have been the origin of the French proverb "celery gives strength to the weary husband".

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