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Old 07-08-2019, 07:59 PM
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It's all in the ribs, which indicate how hard the plant had to work to get enough water as it grew. Look at the strings along the outside edge of the largest stalks.

If you like sharp, strong celery flavor, then you want strings that are thick and stick out a lot. Generally these will be on long thin stalks with a darker green color.

If you want mild, sweet-tasting celery then you want thin strings and the smoothest possible surface. Generally these will be on broad thick stalks with a lighter green to white color.