Celery (Apium graveolens) is a plant variety in the family Apiaceae. Gardeners typically grow one of the white celery cultivars for the most tender stalks with the best in flavor and crispness. The stalks grow upright in the garden in tight, straight, parallel bunches.
Celery is mostly grown for its crisp leaf stalk (the petiole), but the strongly-flavored leaves are sometimes used in soups and stews, or as a dried herb. Celery is also grown for its seeds to either be used whole for flavoring or to be ground and mixed with table salt, as celery salt.