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- n. Plural form of phthalide.
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The distinctive flavor of its leaves and stalks comes from compounds called phthalides, which it shares with lovage and with walnuts.
It consists of greatly enlarged, pleasantly crunchy leaf stalks, or petioles, and has a distinctive but subtle aroma due to unusual compounds called phthalides that it shares with walnuts hence their successful pairing in Waldorf salads, and terpenes that provide light pine and citrus notes.
The main aromas are a distinctive celery note from unusual compounds called phthalides, together with citrus and sweet notes.
Although the old wives’ tale says that eating celery burns up more calories than the celery itself adds, the real benefit is in celery’s phthalides, a nutrient that lowers lipids and wards off heart disease.