Celery is an alimentary herb as well as a special medicinal plant. Celery leaves are used for spicing up foods and drinks such as cocktails. The volatile oil extracted from this vegetable can be used for medicinal purposes as well as an ingredient for various perfumes.
Celery root and celery are members of the same family of vegetables, but Celeriac or Celery Root is not the root of the vegetable you buy called celery. This vegetable is cultivated for its root or base instead of for its stalk or leaves.
It is actually a very ugly and gnarled looking light brown bulb-type root which is very bumpy and resembling a large turnip. Celery root has a distinctive taste that can be described as a cross between strong celery and parsley with a nutty twist. It has the texture of potatoes.
Celeriac or celery root is grown like celery during the cool season. Though it can be found all winter, it is best in the fall, just after being dug up.
Celery roots can range in size from that of an apple to the size of a small cantaloupe. It is available in winter. Select firm, hard roots that are about baseball size and feel heavy. Often the bigger ones have voids or fibrous cores. If the stems and leaves are attached, they should be fresh and green. Trim side roots and leaves and store in refrigeration at 32oF. with high humidity (well for a long time in a cool, dark place. This vegetable does not stand up to freezing.
1 celery root, finely shredded,(2 cups)
3/4 cup mayonnaise,
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice,
salt and pepper to taste;
(fresh chopped parsley or dill-optional)
Mix all ingredients. Refrigerate until serving time. Serve on crackers, toast or fresh bread.
Good for appetizer or snacks, but most importantly, for your health!
Celery is consumed as a diuretic and laxative by those who have urinary retentions or suffer from kidney illnesses; it is also efficient in cases of asthenia, hoarseness, rheumatism, icterus, gout, arthritis, inflammations, dermatosis, diabetes, and obesity. Individuals with high cholesterol should add celery to their diets. Moreover, celery is effective for those who have lack of food appetite.