Celery root — also known as celeriac — is a hairy, knobby, all-around-gnarly-looking type of celery, one that is specifically cultivated for its root. (It’s not the root of the celery that we commonly eat.)
Despite the root’s awkward, tough exterior, there are rewards to be discovered on the inside. Just get right to it — don’t give it time to intimidate you. The faster you work to remove the unsightly bits, the sooner you’ll discover the earthy, sweet, and herbaceous white meat on the inside.