On the bush food trail – Annual Celery
Annual Celery (Apium annum) is a fast-growing annual herb to 50cm, with foliage similar to juvenile celery shoots and parsley. It occurs in WA, SA and Victoria, and can be seen growing naturally on beaches and salt marshes.
Flavour is distinctly celery and with a salt and pepper twist, especially if grown in salty soils. Try using it as a parsley or lovage alternative in salads and pot roasts.
I imagine annual celery’s health benefits are similar to its super food relative celery (Apium graveolens var. dulce), but there doesn’t seem to be much information out there.
Annual celery is easily grown in full sun to part shade. It’s happy in most soils with a neutral to moderately acid pH. Water reliably for the best flavour.