Celery, The Other Delicious Veggie (No Really!)

Celery leaves 0078 by jrixunderwater
Celery leaves 0078, a photo by jrixunderwater on Flickr.

I don’t know where celery’s bad rap started but it’s time to propel celery to the veggie stardom it well deserves.

The English word celery comes to us by way of French by way of Italian by way of Latin borrowed originally from Greek. Celery was important enough to the early Egyptians to be made into garlands which were found buried with King Tutankhamen.

If it was good enough to be buried with kings isn’t it good enough to be included in everyday food habits? Many think so. Celery, along with bell peppers and onions form the triad of staples for Cajun and Creole cuisine.

So what, exactly, is so good about celery? Well, just know that when you include celery into your diet you are eating a good source of beta-carotene, potassium, calcium and vitamins C, B1, B2, B6,  coumarins, flavonoids and fiber. It’s believed that coumarins help to lower blood pressure, tone the vascular system and help to prevent cancer.

And, unless you have an allergy to celery, choose to include this delightful veggie to help with fluid retention, constipation, rheumatism, gout, arthritis and stress. Celery may also help with migraines, lower cholesterol, detoxify the body enough to help avoid cancer, enhance the function of some white blood cells, and also replace electrolytes after a good workout.

Celery…it isn’t just for Thanksgiving!

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