Celery (Apium graveolans) Wild celery grows in damp places near the sea throughout Europe and Asia. Celery leaves were placed in Tutankhamun’s tomb over 3000 years ago. It was cultivated in Greece and Rome mainly for its spicy leaves. Stems of celery as we know it here only appeared in Britain about 300 years ago, after selective breeding had made them milder in taste.
Celeriac is a variety of celery eaten as a root vegetable.