What do you recall when you hear celery? Is it vegetable that you used to pull out from a soup when you were kids? What a pity. Even such a seemingly common vegetables like celery, may pleasantly surprise you. It is very beneficial to your health and it offers in the kitchen a wide range of use. You don't believe it? Read the following article and get inspired.
You can use celery root and celery in a hundred different ways
Celery root may not only be the aromatic white tuber, which is added into the soup. This vegetable offers much more. You can eat it raw, add it to the salads or you can make from it very tasty spreads. Celery root has the additional advantage that, even at high temperatures, it does not lose vitamins. Therefore, you can cook celery without any worries, bake it or broil it and you will be surprised by his delicious flavour prepared in many different ways. However, if you are still afraid of a strong taste of celery root, ideal option for you is a celery. This type of vegetable is popular mainly in the coastal areas of Western Europe. It did not get widely into Czech cuisine yet, and most of the people it associate it with drastic reduction diet. That is a big mistake. Yes, celery is really useful for weight loss, but it certainly can be used in different ways and we can prepare from it delicious meals. It is perfect for example in salads, or you can make with celery meat dishes much more interested. Striped leaves can also be dried and used as a condiment. Celery leafstalk without leaves can be also used as a natural and nice looking stirrer into cocktails.
Celery - vegetable packed with vitamins
Are you trying to give your body the necessary vitamins, but not very successfully? Have you already tried the celery? Yes, celery is literally vitamin bomb, which contains more than eighty healthful vitamins and minerals. It may surprise you, but that celery is rich in vitamin C. The celery root is also a great source of B vitamins, potassium, folic acid, magnesium, calcium, and iron. In the leaves of celery root, we can find large amounts of vitamin A, which is beneficial to our eyes, bones, and it is also very good for correct development of the foetus during the pregnancy.
In addition, the strong typical aroma of celery root is there for a reason. It protects our body against fungi and bacteria, soothes the stomach and intestines, and removes unwanted substances from them. This natural disinfection is suitable not only if we catch cold, but also for preventive cleansing of the body.
Celery is not only aphrodisiac, it is good for the entire body
The ancient Egyptians relied on celery as a very effective natural aphrodisiac. Its stimulant qualities are not the only thing, which it can offer. Classic celery root and celery is beneficial for the entire body. It should be within diet of those people who suffers for example from diabetes, high blood pressure, or have problems with constipation. You can consume it in any way, but the ideal is to eat it raw or in the form of celery juice.
What effects the celery has?
- lowers cholesterol
- relieves constipation
- reduces the risk of gastric cancer and colon cancer
- it is diuretic and improves kidney function
- accelerate the removal of kidney stones
- calms the nervous system
- lowers blood pressure
- regulates hormones, improves fertility and fights against impotence
Celery also acts as a alkaline substance, and is thus suitable for an irritated and hyperacid stomach. If we eat celery in any form in the long term, it will help us from ailments such as migraines, fungal diseases, vaginal fungal infections, and allergies. Of course, it will not be better than medical examination with specialized doctors, but as you see, whether you indulge daily celery or celeriac dish, your health will benefit, and you can prevent a number of diseases or you can accelerate their treatment.
Celery can help with weight loss
Celery is known as an effective tool when are trying to lose our weight. It is really true. Both types of celery contain very few calories, and to anyone who is trying to lose weight, they are a rich source of high-quality vitamins. Think about an old Czech saying: "Enough is enough" and eat even celery sensibly. Certainly, it is not advisable to start drastic celery dieting. It is much better to ensure that we have healthy, regular and balanced diet and we also must learn how to use celery as a useful helper. Enrich your daily diet with a raw celery, celery juice, or add simply celery root into salads, soups, or spreads. Celery and celery root is for vitamins which it contains also a great life energizer. Glass of celery juice in the morning is not only good for your health, but it also gives you enough energy for the whole day.
Beautiful skin with celery
Cosmetics, which you normally find in the stores is not only expensive, you do not very often even know, from what it is made of. In addition, it is mostly just a dream, that you will have such a beautiful skin, which is promised on the packaging. Bet on the power of nature and try a cheap and simple celery face pack. You only need two teaspoons of finely grated celery and one egg yolk. Mix these two ingredients thoroughly, apply to cleansed and dried face and leave for about 15 minutes. Then, rinse the mask with lukewarm water. Your skin will be, thanks celery, naturally cleansed and you will feel refreshed and youthfully.
Growing celery and celery root. Important is the preparation of seedlings
Celery has a relatively long growing season, so if you are planning to plant seedlings, it is important to grow them in right time. How to do it? Plant the seedlings of celery or celery root in February or April. Keep the celery seeds in the temperature between 15-20 ° C, it is the only way, how they will germinate. Take careful care about the seedlings after they germinate, because celery seedlings are very fragile and sensitive and they can very easily dry out. Plant the seedlings so that they have enough space and let it strengthen. Transplant healthy seedlings with leaves gradually into pots and keep them on spot with plenty of light and temperature at least 10 ° C. Pre-cultivated the celery seedlings is somewhat complicated. If you are still not comfortable with it, or simply do not have time for it, we recommend you to buy already grown seedlings. However, be careful when you are buying them, buy only those, which look good, and have healthy roots.
Celery requires plenty of space and quality nutrients
The ideal time for planting celery is the second half of May. However, if you have a hotbed with warm soil, you can plant in April. Ensure that the celery is before planting hardy by ventilating and cut one third of the roots. Especially if you are planting celery root, be careful and give every individual seedlings enough space and rich soil. Suitable distance for celeriac is about 50 cm in the row and between them. Only then will be the celery root really large and intact. Celery then requires a slightly shorter distance, it will be fine with 20 cm. Immediately after planting, do not forget to give celery enough water. You cannot go wrong if you cover the patch with non-woven fabric.
Celery and celery root is quite demanding in nutrients and lime content in the soil. Especially celery, which forms larger amounts of green material, requires a large amount of nitrogen in the soil. During vegetation, we recommend to fertilize heavily the celery with compound fertilizer. Do not forget regular hoeing, especially with celery root. It is very important that they roots will have sufficient amount of air. What kind of soil is suitable for celery? Celeriac thrives in clayish, and humus soils and celery needs rather sandy-loamy soil.
Was the cultivation of celery successful? You can find out already in July
You can enjoy the first growing success in the form of small celery tubers already during the July. Also celery begins to ripen in the summer, but a one-time harvest will come at the end of September. When harvesting celery root be careful not to disturb the roots. You can keep healthy, clean, and not desiccated roots in the cellar without any problem for half a year.
Recipes from celery root
Celery root fries
- 1 to 2 large celery root
- 3 to 4 tablespoons of oil
- 1 tablespoon of curry powder
Celery fries - preparation process
Clean, wash and cut celery root into regular fries, thick about 1.5 cm. Toss them into the boiling, salted water, let it boil for 1-2 minutes and then sieve it. Add oil, spices to taste and mix well. Spread thus flavoured celeriac chips over the baking sheet and bake until golden brown at 220 ° C for about 35 minutes. Serve celery root fries as a side dish to meat, or as a hearty and healthy substitute to potato chips. For example, we can serve them with sour cream dip.
- 1 large celery root
- 1 carrot
- 150 g of soft salami (it can be omitted)
- Sour cream
- Salt and pepper
Celery root spread - preparation process
Clean celery root and carrots and chop finely. Grate soft salami on a coarse grater and add to vegetables. Mix it all together with mayonnaise and sour cream and season as desired. For a healthier option, we can replace mayonnaise with yoghurt. You can add into this spread arbitrarily other ingredients, such as grated cheese or pickled cucumbers. Serve chilled ideally the next day.
- 1 celery root
- Vinegar (or lemon juice)
- Beaten egg
- Spread butter, hard cheese to taste
Fried celery - preparation process
Cut washed and peeled celery into slices about 4 cm wide. Cook them in the boiling and salted water for about 5 minutes. Wash cooked slices of celery with cold water and drain it. You can rub for better taste one side of celery with cream cheese, or you can put between two slices of celery a slice of hard cheese. Wrap thus prepared celery in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs. Repeat as needed. Fry wrapped celery until golden brown in hot oil. Serve immediately with potatoes, mashed potatoes, or vegetable garnish.
Recipes from celery
Light salad with celery
- 1 celery
- 2 apples
- 150 g of sour cream
- 60 g of mayonnaise
- 100g of raisins
- Salt and pepper
- Sunflower seeds, walnuts to taste
Light salad with celery - preparation process
Get rid of celery leaves, wash, and chop it finely. Cut apples into thin slices and add to celery. Mix it with sour cream, mayonnaise, and season it and hen mix thoroughly. For more interesting taste, add raisins, sunflower seeds, or walnuts. Let it stay for a while and serve.
- 150 g of cheese (suitable cheese is Edam, blue cheese or Parmesan)
- 50 g of butter
- Salt and pepper
Baked celery - preparation process
Clean, wash and cut celery into equal parts. Cook pieces of celery in boiling water with a dash of lemon for about 5 minutes. Put the celery after softening celery into the baking dish, add the butter, and season it to taste and sprinkle with grated cheese. Bake thus prepared celery in the oven for about 20 minutes. Serve immediately after cooking as a side dish to main dish or as a separate course.