We can always find celery in the markets here. Is it always crisp and fresh? No, but here is a recipe to use it even if it isn’t at its peak.
1 bunch celery, washed and cut into 3″ pieces
2 cloves garlic, minced
Small bunch of cilantro or parsley, finely chopped
1 Jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
3/4 cup flour
1 cup cold sparkling water
Oil for frying
Mix together cream cheese, garlic, pepper and herbs. Fill celery pieces with mixture. Whisk sparkling water and flour together to the consistency of making pancakes. Heat about 4″ of frying oil in a saucepan (or use a deep fryer). Using tongs, pick up a piece of the celery and dip into the batter, shake off excess batter, and gently lower into the hot oil. Cook for about 6-8 minutes until slightly brown in color. Remove from the pan and place on paper towels to drain. Enjoy!