Celery is a marshland plant in the Carrot family and has been in cultivation as a vegetable since antiquity. Celery has a fibrous stalk tapering into leaves. Its stalks and leaves are eaten and used in cooking. Also, Celery seed is also used as a spice, and its extracts have been used in herbal medicine.
Health benefits of Celery
Celery is abundant in vitamin K, and it also contains folate, vitamin A, potassium, and vitamin C. It is mainly water, but it is also a good source of dietary fiber
- Preventing age-related vision loss
- Reducing blood pressure
- Lowering inflammation
- Reducing the risk of cancer
How to use it
- Seasoning Salt
Combine kosher or sea salt with a handful of dried celery leaves to make homemade celery salt. You can dry celery leaves in the oven or microwave; the recipe tells you how to do it. Dark leaves will give you a stronger flavor.
Substitute dark celery leaves for basil leaves in a variation on classic pesto. Toss it with pasta, spread it on sandwiches, pizza and mash it with soft cheese and use it as a dip. You can even shake up a spoonful with oil and vinegar for salad dressing, stir it into soups. The uses are endless.
Toss the celery leaves into just about any kind of salad.
- Soups and Stews
Any recipe for that includes celery in the mix can certainly handle celery leaves, too. Chop up the stems and light or dark leaves to cook with the stalks.