Dear Celery Root: We Know You're Beautiful On The Inside (PHOTOS)

Allow us to introduce you to our other favorite part of the celery plant: the root.

As we argued our case for you guys to give celery another chance, we realized that we'd also neglected to highlight our other favorite part of the celery plant: the root. Celery root (also called celeriac) is like getting to eat a potato that tastes like a kinder, gentler celery. Celery root behaves a bit like a potato when it's cooked, but has significantly less starch and way more vitamin B6. So, if you'd like, you can kind of think of it as a healthier potato.

There are only two reasons we can think of for people to ignore celery root: 1) they don't know what it is (which, we've just sorted out for you above), and 2) they are shunning it because it is ugly. The truth is, like most wonderful things in life, celery root is hiding its beauty in an ugly package. If you want to love celery root, you've got to be willing to peel off the brown, hairy skin, before you can appreciate the emeraldy-white interior. It's worth it, we promise. We love celery root in lots of different ways -- as a silky purée, or a rich soup, a crunchy salad or a decadent gratin. We have a lot of favorite celery root recipes. Here are just a few.

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Autumn Celeriac (Celery Root) Puree
Sarah Shatz/Food52
2
Roasted Beets And Celery Root With Goat Butter
Quentin Bacon
3
Celery Root Mash With Dill Oil
A Cozy Kitchen
4
Celery Root Hummus
aliyaleekong/Food52
5
French Lentils With Roasted Roots, Caramelized Onions And Thyme
Gentl & Hyers
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Celery Root Schnitzel
Seitan is My Motor
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Celery Root And Potato Gratin
Tom Hirschfeld/foodquartrerly.com/Food52
8
Celery Root Salad
Simply Recipes
9
Celery Root And Parsnip Purée
Frances Janisch
10
Open-Faced Grilled Eggplant, Red Onion And Heirloom Tomato Sandwiches With Creamy Celeriac Sauce
Jennifer Martiné
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Creamy Celery Root Soup
Ray Kachatorian
12
Winter Root Vegetable Slaw
Simply Recipes
13
Apple Celery Root Gratin
A Spicy Perspective
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Baked Rigatoni With Fontina And Celery Root Puree
Kukla/Food52
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Raw Shaved Fennel, Celery Root And Apple Salad With Buttermilk Dressing
TheWimpyVegetarian/Food52
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Kabocha Squash, Yam And Celery Root Soup
Vimeo: Claire Thomas