Celery is a standard in most modern cuisines. It is at the base of almost every traditional French dish, whether in a stock or sauce. A member of the parsley family, it has been cultivated for over 3000 years and is loved for its unique culinary contribution as well as its use in cosmetics and medicines. Records show that celery leaves were part of the remains found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun in Egypt. It has long been used as a detoxifier and the seeds were used for pain relief.
Celery has many nutritional benefits. It is known as a low energy food, low in calories and high in nutrition. Recent research has noted celery’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant components… it has over 12 different antioxidant nutrients and that makes it a superfood. It has been shown to strengthen the integrity of the stomach lining and decrease the risk of stomach ulcers, lower cardiovascular inflammation and blood pressure, protect the liver, lower cholesterol, and fight infections. Celery was initially used as medicine in treatment of toothache, insomnia, hypertension, anxiety, arthritis, rheumatism and to purify the blood.
This stalky vegetable is jam packed with vitamins A, C, and K, (a crazy amount of vitamin K) dietary fiber, potassium, molybdenum, magnesium and folic acid. What is vitamin K and what does it do for our bodies? Click here to read more.