Celery belongs to the apiaceous plant family along with parsley, it is a biannual crop especially suited to a European type climate and records document its cultivation in the Mediterranean region including France around the 17th century.
The health promoting benefits of celery are due to its being an excellent source of antioxidants, enzymes, essential trace minerals and vitamins including B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium and folate.
Celery is a natural anti-inflammatory mopping up those free radicals which are the source of inflammation, supports healthy balance cholesterol, blood pressure and offers protection to our liver, supporting healthy body weight, boosts the immune system, supports digestion, offering protection against ulcers and urinary infection.
Celery maybe eaten raw in stick form as a snack with dip, diced in a fresh green salad or cooked and incorporated in winter soups or casseroles. Temper the above with the fact that celery is a very good source of dietary fibre so don’t go all in, start with small amounts as dietary fibre may result in bloating.