Celery (Apium graveolens)
Celery has become a common household staple along with carrots, onions and potatoes. Its crunchy texture and distinctive flavor makes it a popular addition to salads and many cooked dishes.Celery contains vitamin C and several other active compounds that promote health, including phthalides, which may help lower cholesterol, and coumarins, that may be useful in cancer prevention.
Celery should not be kept at room temperature for too long since, because of its high water content, it has a tendency to wilt quickly. If you have celery that has wilted, sprinkle it with a little water and place it in the refrigerator for several hours where it will regain its crispness.Add chopped celery to your favorite tuna fish or chicken salad recipe. Enjoy the delicious tradition of eating peanut butter on celery stalks. Use celery leaves in salads. Next time you are making fresh squeezed carrot juice give it a unique taste dimension by adding some celery to it. Add celery leaves and sliced celery stalks to soups, stews, casseroles, and healthy stir fries.