This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
M. L. says: - "In Baltimore recently, and dining with a friend, I was struck with the excellency of some duck, and was told that it was through the bird having been fed on Celery. Is it generally known that Celery has this effect on the flesh of the duck."
[We examined this matter some years ago, and gave the results in the Gardener's Monthly at that time. It is not Celery, but a wild pond weed with long grass-like leaves, known to botanists as Val-lisneria spiralis, and which the sportsmen call wild Celery. It does not impart any of its own particular properties to the duck, but is favorable to the bird's nutrition - just as corn would be, in making flesh in an ox superior to hay or fodder. - Ed. G.M.]