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Celery

Celery

In Ancient Greece, celery was used as arranged in a bouquet and given to winners of athletic games as a reward.

Crunchy, stringy celery is a veggie that is perfect for seasoning soups, stocks, roasts, or eaten raw as a super healthy snack. A bunch of celery contains 10-12 individual pale green stalks.

They are juicy, crunchy and U shaped on the cross section. Celery can grow up to three and a half feet tall!

Seasonality

Aug

Selection & Storage

Choose celery that are firm and that snap when bent. The leaves should be fresh and crisp.

When selecting celery, the darker the color, the stronger the flavor.

Refrigerate in a plastic bag and place in the crisper drawer for up to two weeks.

If the stalks have lost their firmness and begin to bend, separate the stalks and place them in a bowl of ice water for several minutes before use.

Clever Uses

Chewing on celery helps clean the teeth after eating a meal.

For a refreshing combination, combine celery with cucumber, kale and apple to add bright, vibrant flavor to your fresh juice without making it too sweet.

Make a unique relish by chopping up celery and combining it with cooked cranberries and almonds.

Roast celery under a chicken so that it absorbs all those flavorful juices.

Food Science

The Romans used celery as an aphrodisiac. Celery contains a substance called androsterone, which is also found in man's sweat and plays a role in attracting females.

Celery is stringy because of its cell structure – the cell walls are tougher to help keep the plant standing straight up, and that’s what gives celery its crunch.

Cooking Tips

Be sure to wash celery thoroughly, as the bunches attract sand and dirt.

Freshly chop your celery to retain its nutrients. Nutrient loss can occur even after you chop and store it even for a few hours.

Raw celery is a great, but underused addition for salads. Shave or chop into thin matchsticks to add texture and crunch to your next salad.

Save your celery leaves to use like any other herb. Serve whole, chopped or added to pesto.

If you have a surplus of celery, make celery soup or a large batch of vegetable stock. Freeze the stock in an ice cube tray for easy use.

Health Benefits

Celery has natural anti-inflammatory properties. Those suffering from joint pains, lung infections, asthma, or acne, should eat more celery.

Enjoying a celery-based snack in the evening, you will sleep better.

The compound phthalides found in celery has been proven to boost circulatory health.

Raw, whole celery reduces high blood pressure.

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