What’s the difference between a stalk of celery vs a rib of celery?
You’ll see it written differently in recipes, so let’s decode a stalk of celery vs a rib of celery!
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For years, I thought an entire “thing” of celery, like you buy bundled in a bag at the grocery store, was called a “bunch” of celery.
Likewise, I thought one individual piece of that celery plant was known as a stalk.
So for quite a while, when writing recipes, I would write the ingredient as a stalk of celery.
That is, until a discerning reader questioned my use of the term, and therefore the amount of celery called for in the recipe.
So I started doing a little bit of research.
What is a Stalk of Celery?
As it turns out, the entire celery plant is not actually a “bunch” of celery, but a stalk of celery.
Some people also refer to it as a “head” of celery, similar to the way many other cruciferous vegetables are referred to–such as a head of lettuce, head of cabbage, head of cauliflower, etc.
In the picture below, you’ll see a full stalk of celery.
What is a Rib of Celery?
Each individual “stick” of celery, that you would break off and slice or dice for a recipe, is known as a rib of celery. As you can see in the picture below, one stalk of celery may contain around 7-9 ribs of celery.
Thanks to the reader who initially questioned my ingredients, I’ve changed how I write it in my recipes to be accurate.
That’s because I want to be perfectly clear that someone shouldn’t chop up a whole head of celery. So you’ll find that I now call for “ribs” of celery, or sometimes just an amount of diced celery as measured in cups.
A Few of My Recipes that Make Good Use Celery:
- Delicious Instant Pot Chicken and Stuffing
- Simple Instant Pot Potato Salad
- Copycat Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings
- Easy Instant Pot Macaroni Salad
More Trivia about Celery
- Celery will typically stay fresh in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator for about 2 weeks.
- To cut a stalk of celery, you can cut off the entire bottom portion (the root end that is whiter or lighter green in color), then slice the individual ribs. You can even use the leaves–they add great flavor to soups and stews!
- You can use a vegetable peeler or small knife to remove the strings from a rib of celery if you prefer–especially useful if you’re going to be eating the celery sticks raw with some dip.
- Sometimes you’ll see “celery hearts” in the grocery store–these are the inner ribs from the stalk. The outer ribs have been removed, leaving just the center parts of the stalk.
Things you didn’t know you needed to know, right? 🙂
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