Botanical name: Trachyspermum roxburghianum Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Synonyms: Pimpinella lateriflora, Pimpinella dalzellii, Carum roxburghianum
Wild Celery is an erect, branched annual herb, 0.5-3 ft tall. Stems are longitudinally triped. Leaves are double-compound, ultimate segements all linear. Flowers occur in compound umbels. They have rounded white or pink petals. Fruits are ovoid, ultimately shining, yellow. It is a very strong spice, with a characteristic smell similar to parsley. A couple of pinches can easily overpower a curry. In Bengali cuisine the seeds are used whole, quickly fried in very hot oil until they crackle. Flowering: December-February.
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