Celery (ApiumGraveolens) probably originated in the Mediterranean region but is now grown throughout the world. Thousands of years ago it was grown as a medicinal plant. Lateritwas it cultivated for its leaves, which were used as a flavoring (leaf or cutting Celery, A.graveolens var. secalinum). In the 16th and 17th centuries, mild-tasting forms were selected for the leaf stalk (petiole) Celery familiar today.