Celery is one of the most popular food for dieter because of its low calories and reputation of having “negative calories”. However, not only is celery low in calories but there other reasons for adding it to the diet.
Celery contains an excellent source of antioxidants and beneficial enzymes, in addition to vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin B6.
Fun facts of the week: celery
- Celery was used as a medicinal plant to treat a toothache, insomnia, gout, rheumatism, anxiety, and arthritis.
- Celery was first mentioned in English in 1664 by John Evely, who spelt it sellery.
- There is a town called Celeryville in Ohio. Founded in the early 19th century by celery farmers.
- There is a celery museum in Portage, Michigan called the Flats Interpretive center
- The ancient Greek physician prescribed celery as nerve soother.
- Celery was once considered a medicinal herb rather than a vegetable
- Celery is a popular diet food because of its low calories.
- Celery leaves contain important essential volatile oils.
- Celery seeds are used as a spice.
- Celery can reach the height of 3.3 feet
- The darker the color of the stalk, the strong their flavor will be.
- Celery is called a “bunch of celery” because it is consist of 10-12 individual celery stalks.
- Celery is low in calories but high in fiber
- All parts of celery are edible! Yep, even the leaves!
- Celery was initially used as medicine in the treatment of a toothache, insomnia, hypertension, anxiety, arthritis, rheumatism and to purify the blood.
- Ancient Romans used celery as an aphrodisiac. Modern science proved that celery contains a substance called androsterone that is also found in man’s sweat. This substance plays a role in attracting females. Ok boys, start eating celery now.
- Celery was used in ancient “bouquet of flowers”, to reward winners of athletic games in Ancient Greece.
- Celery is a biennial plant, which means plants ends its life cycle in two years.
- Celery was first used as a food during the 16th century in Italy.
- The town of Celeryville, Ohio, was founded by early 19th-century celery farmers.
- There is a celery museum in Portage, Michigan, called Celery Flats Interpretive Center.
- Today, California is the nation’s top celery producer. Michigan ranks fourth.
- Celery helps lower cholesterol, lower inflammation, help prevent high blood pressure, help prevent ulcers, protect liver health, beneficial with weight loss, boost digestion and may help prevent cancer.
- Over 1 billion pounds of celery are produced each year in the United States.
- The average U.S adult eats about 6 pounds of celery per year.
- A substantial amount of celery in the U.S comes from Mexico, and the U.S. exports about 200 million pounds of celery to Canada annually.
- Celery is often served as a “major plate vegetable” rather than an additive to salads or soups.
- “Celery hearts” usually refers to the innermost stalk of the celery. These stalks are typically the most tender.
Celery Nutrition Fun Facts:
- Celery is an important food source of conventional antioxidant nutrients, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese.
- Eating celery every day may reduce artery-clogging cholesterol
- The fiber that is found in celery works to scrape the cholesterol out of the bloodstream and eliminate it from the body with regular bowel movements, further boosting cardiovascular health.
- Eating this vegetable regularly helps to avoid diseases of the kidney, pancreas, liver, and gallbladder.
- Celery contains potassium, which is a vasodilator and helps in reducing blood pressure.
- Celery seeds help in the elimination of uric acid because it is commonly used for its diuretic properties, meaning that it stimulates urination.
- Celery is great for people suffering from arthritis, rheumatism, and gout. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce swelling and pain around the joints.
- Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, celery greatly boosts the immune system and makes it more active and efficient.
- Celery is rich in both sodium and potassium, and both of these minerals help regulate the fluid balance in the body.
- Celery leaves are eaten for treating various diabetic conditions. This is because of their high fiber content, which has been shown to help manage diabetic symptoms.
- Dripping celery tea drops on eyelids is good for certain ophthalmological conditions and can improve your eye health, reduce your chances of developing cataracts, and protect you against macular degeneration.
- Regular drinking of celery juice before meals may help reduce your weight.
- Researchers believe celery nourishes the stomach, colon, and intestines due to the presence of chemical constituents, such as flavonoids, tannins, volatile oils and alkaloids, that control the level of gastric acid released while also improving the level of protective mucus.
- Celery seeds contain an odorless and oily compound known as NBP that has a diuretic effect and helps the body detox.
- When celery is boiled or blanched (dipped in boiling water) in soup, more than a third of the nutrients can be lost. To keep the most of its goodness intact, steaming is the best method.
How To Select And Store?
Celery is available in markets all over the world. Today, in North America, the type of celery most grown and eaten is called “pascal celery,” while in Europe “celeriac” celery is more popular. When shopping for celery choose the one which is green in color, has no discoloration, has fresh and crisp leaves. Make sure the stalks seem firm and aren’t too limber. Knowing that celery is one of the most chemical-sprayed vegetables there is, always look for organic celery whenever possible to get the most benefits of celery without consuming toxins and chemicals!
Don’t wash celery right away after bringing it home because this can cause it go bad quicker. Store dry celery, wrapped in a paper towel inside the refrigerator for about five to seven days at the most. After this time, celery tends to get limp, and its nutrient content starts to decrease. It’s also not recommended to freeze celery because it easily wilts and will become mushy once defrosting it.
How to wash and prepare celery:
To clean and cut celery, discard the base that’s usually firm and white. You can save the leaves and use these in recipes, such as soups, stews or a sauté. Celery leaves are a good source of vitamins and minerals just like the stalks, so don’t waste them! Rinse the celery stalks and leaves well to remove any dirt and then cut the stalks into pieces.