Broad leaves are extremely ruffled and wrinkled along the margins and savoyed in the middle. Our latest lot of seed may contain purple off-types. As Morton says, “Exotic forms and high-contrast high-intensity color sells seed, and good taste and easy culture sells that seed year after year.” Seed is bract-free (decorticated). Wanting to offer red celery, we trialed heirloom Giant Red but found it tough, stringy and too strong for modern palates. Juicy midribs with an invigorating tang that gained heat as the weather did. Drowns didn’t rest on his laurels—he now maintains Sand Hill Preservation Center in Iowa, his catalog a treasure trove of rare seed and poultry varieties.