Friday, January 30, 2009

Celery Seed

Celery Seed
Celery seed is the dried ripe fruit of a biennial herb belonging to the Parsley family (Umbelliferae). The plant is cultivated in many parts of the world including France, India, Italy, Japan and the United States.

Celery seed is used as a flavoring for tomato juice, sauces, soups, pickles, salads and vegetables juices.

Celery seed contains 2 – 3% of a steam volatile oil of which the chief constituents are D-limonene (60%) and selinene (10 – 20%).

The characteristics flavor is believed to be due to small amounts of a number of alcohol, anhydrates, acids and lactones.

According to U.S standards, a celery seed is a dried fruit of Celeri graveolens (L.) shall contain not more than 10% of total ash, nor more than 2% of ash insoluble in hydrochloric acid.
Celery Seed

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