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Red celery coming to supermarkets

Over the years, I've seen some oddly colored foods, most of which have raised suspicion. Have they been messed with? Some have, perhaps, but I've planted some weird vegetables, including black heirloom tomatoes, that were on the up and up.

So when I heard that a Florida company would unveil red celery this week at an industry trade show in Orlando, I wondered what bizarre genetic engineering was responsible. I was happy to learn that Duda Farm Fresh Foods' bright red number was developed with good old-fashioned cross-pollination between conventional celery and a red European heritage variety.

Red celery is expected to become available in supermarkets in December, which is perfect seasonal timing, in my opinion, as red and green would dress up the holiday table in a grand manner. Expect to see it on the West Coast, in the northwest and southwest first, before it's rolled out across the country. 

No one has sent this lowly gardening columnist any samples, but word is the delicacy will crunch and taste the same as regular green celery.

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