Originally, this root vegetable was grown in Northern Europe and around the Mediterranean; it's historically been less prevalent in the United States. Be on the lookout for it during the Fall and Winter months in specialty grocery stores, and select roots with greens that are fresh and not wilted. Alternatively, you can purchase celery seeds and grow it yourself; at home, you can remove the stalks and store in the refrigerator for one or two weeks. For ideas on how to cook with celeriac, keep reading.
Creating a vegetarian Thanksgiving menu got me thinking about celery-root soups. Celery root, also known as celeriac, is a vegetable I hadn't cooked with before. However I'm always adventurous in the kitchen, so I adapted a recipe that highlights the knobby vegetable. The end result was delicious and velvety, with a rich, celery flavor. The bacon permeates the puree with smokiness and the apple adds a necessary crunch. This would be an elegant start to Thanksgiving dinner or any other formal meal. To meet celery root and see how I made it, read more