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Celery has been gathered for thousands of years as a medicinal herb and general tonic. The ancient Greeks prized it highly, and awarded it to winners in their sport contests. There are records of celery seed used in 1776 England for soups and stews.

Celery belongs to the same plant family as carrots, parsley, fennel, caraway and anise. These plants' flavor is evident in the volatile oils found in the stems, leaves and seeds.

Celery is available throughout the year, but its peak months are from November through May. This varies depending on the particular market in an area.

March is National Celery Month.

The best celery is of medium length, thickness and solidity. The stalks should be brittle enough to snap easily. Overly stringy or pithy celery has less vitamin and mineral content.

Celery is highly perishable, and should be refrigerated. It is a wonderful vegetable to juice. Celery leaves are bitter to taste, but they are rich in potassium, sodium and sulfur. Add chopped leaves to salads for flavor and nutrition.

Beneficial Effects

Celery has a very high water content. This makes it a good combination with heavy foods, like starches. The greener the stalk indicates more Vitamin A in the vegetable. Celery also contains significant amounts of Vitamin B1 and G.

Celery is rich in essential minerals like sodium, chlorine, potassium and magnesium. It is an all-around maintainer of good health. Fresh celery juice is excellent. It is good by itself or mixed with apples, carrot, or carrot and parsley.

The high sodium content makes celery a fine youth maintainer in the body. Sodium helps keep youth and vitality, as well as the muscles limber and pliable. Stiffness of joints, or cracking in the knees indicates a sodium deficiency.

Sodium softens the body's tissues, joints and arteries, because it combines with excess calcium. Eat celery often to neutralize acids and cleanse the blood. Beneficial to the nervous system, it is an excellent food for arthritis, high blood pressure and rheumatism.

Sodium is utilized in the walls of the stomach and intestines. For this reason, celery is beneficial for these areas of the body. Celery aids digestion, counteracts acidosis, halts fermentation and purifies the bloodstream.

Celery Juice

One of the finest juices to make with a juicer is celery juice. The Waldorf recipe is a classic. Just combine one stalk of celery with two large apples. A waldorf is a great drink before bedtime. It will help your sleep.

Another good juice combination is one stalk of celery with a pound of carrots. The result is a well-rounded, highly nutritional drink.

Nutrition facts for Celery

6 calories, 0.06 grams fat, Carbohydrates: 1 grams, Fiber: 0.68 grams, Protein: 0.30 grams

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