- MONARCH CELERIAC – 100 days, Open-pollinated
Celeriac is the same species as celery, but it was bred for its knobby swollen root. Both share the same rich flavor, though celery root has more complexity and sweetness. Celeriac has the bonus of being quite hardy and less picky when it comes to climate. A winner of the RHS Award of Garden Merit, ‘Monarch’ is known for its uniform roots, excellent flavor, ease of cultivation and resistance to pests. The roots store well in the cellar. It’s best to harvest before the ground freezes. We like to harvest the tops for soup stock, and to use the roots in a range of dishes, from soups and stews, to salads and even breads. The roots roast well, fry well, and mash well, adding a wonderful flavor to mashed potatoes.