Celery


FUN FACTS

BN: Celery Apium graveolens.  AKA 芹菜 (qíncài).  There are 3 very different types of celery —Pascal (Apium graveolens var. dulce), Leaf ( Apium graveolens var. secalinum) and Celeriac (Apium graveoliens var. rapaceum).   Parts used are seeds, leaves, and essential oils.

CONSTITUENTS/ NUTRITION

Carbohydrates, flavonoids, alkaloids, and steroids, limonene, selinene, frocoumarin glycosides, flavonoids, and vitamins A and C ¹

USES/BENEFITS 

(DisclaimerCelery can prevent cardiovascular diseases, jaundice, liver and lien diseases, urinary tract obstruction, gout, and rheumatic disorders.¹  Celery reduces glucose (diabetes), blood lipids, and blood pressure.¹ Study show that celery has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial. 

LWT – Food and Science Technology found that steaming celery is best way to maintain the antioxidants.  Boiling and blanching can lead to about 40% loss in antioxidants.  Eating it raw is the best way to preserve the vitamins and phytochemicals.

 

TYPES OF CELERY

Pascal — AKA Giant Pascal Celery, Winter King, or Pascal Giant Celery, is the celery typically used for its stocks.

Leaf —AKA Chinese celery 芹菜 (Qíncài).  Used for its leave and stock.  It is more pungent and flavorful than Pascal celery.

Celeriac — is harvested for its enlarged root.  The root can be cooked or eaten raw.  Popular in German and Italian cooking.

GROWING CELERY

Celery performs best between 50 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Leaf celery/ Chinese celery  - hardiness zones 5a through 8b.

Celeriac - hardiness zones 8 and 9.  Requires 100 to 120 days for the root to mature.

Pascal -  hardiness zones 2 through 10.  Mature in 105 to 130 days.

— Growing Pascal (regular) celery from stalk

— Growing leaf celery from seed

— Growing celeriac celery from seed

 

PRODUCTS

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

I've use both the leaf and pascal celery in recipes.  My favorite is juicing pascal with apple and carrot juice - a delicious blend.  If you want to clean out your system, this juice will have you making multiple trips to the bathroom.

REFERENCES

  1. journals.sagepub.com  retrieved 1/16/2018

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