Saturday, March 18, 2017

Celery - Vegetable, Herb and Spice

The Magic of Celery

Celery is a herb, vegetable and spice believe it or not.

The stalks and roots are considered a vegetable.

The seeds are considered a spice and are used to make perfume as well as medicine.

The leaves are considered an herb due to their rich flavor.

Getting ready to Dehydrate
Health Benefits of Celery

Celery is 95% water yet full of Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D along with Folate, Magnesium, Potassium and Zinc among a host of other needed vitamins and minerals that our body needs.

Celery is known to reduce high blood pressure and aids in our digestive system, it is a great antioxidant,  ridding our bodies of free radicals (healthier than doing a "cleansing"), aids in weight loss and has beneficial anti-inflammatory agents.

In the middle ages celery was eaten to counter act the extremely salted meats that were eaten in the winter months and therefore people did not get sick from eating too much salt.

Dehydrated Celery
Celery a Soup/Stew Staple

Celery is considered one of the most important vegetable, spice or herb you can put in soups and even stews.

Cajun cooking is compromised of celery, onions and bell peppers while French cooking uses celery, onions and carrots to provide the incredible flavors to their dishes.

One Large bunch of Celery Dehydrated
Dehydrating Celery

Another great fact about celery is that even if it does get 'wimpy' in your refrigerator you can still use it in a soup or stew or you can dehydrate celery and use it as a herb and sprinkle it into just about anything including eggs.

As you can see from my photographs, I used a large bunch of celery stalks and dehydrated everything from the stalks to the leaves. Once dehydrated there doesn't seem to be much left as indicated by my spice container.  However, when you do dehydrate celery it takes on an incredibly strong essence of it's own. Absolutely delightful! Once dried you only need to use a tiny bit due to it's strength.

Regrowing Celery
Can Celery be Regrown?

Well, yes and no.  I tried to regrow celery and as you can see from the photograph to the left I did get some wonderful potent celery leaves.

Celery will regrow from the center like lettuce however, at this point even with all of the roots it will not grow when placed in the ground.

Celery is certainly one incredible multi-use and multi-functional vegetable, herb and spice all rolled into one.

I hope you enjoyed this article.

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