Celery is a type of herbaceous plant in the parsley family (same family includes carrots, cumin and parsley). Celery cultivation began 3000 years ago, most likely in the Mediterranean region. Today, celery can be found all over the world. It prefers temperate climates and grows on clay and sandy soils. Celery contains compounds that are beneficial to human health. This plant is an essential component of the human diet. Celery is also used in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and medical industries.
Celery can grow to be 3.3 feet tall.
Celery is also referred to as a “bunch of celery” because it is made up of 10 to 12 individual pale green stalks. They are succulent, crunchy, and cross sectionally U shaped. Because of a series of parallel ribs, stalks have a rough texture.
Each stalk is terminated by pinnate or bipinnate leaves with serrated edges. Head of celery refers to the stalks and leaves of celery.
Celery flowers are creamy-white and arranged in terminal inflorescences known as umbels.
Celery is typically propagated through miniature seed. One ounce of seeds is enough to produce an acre of celery. The oil extracted from the seeds is used in the pharmaceutical and perfume industries.
Celery is a low-calorie vegetable. Celery is suitable for diets due to its low calorie content. Celery contains small amounts of vitamins C, K, B2, and fiber.
Celery was originally used as medicine to treat toothaches, insomnia, hypertension, anxiety, arthritis, rheumatism, and blood purification.
Celery was introduced into the human diet in the 16th century in Italy. Celery has been an important ingredient in European cuisine since that time.
Celery is edible in its entirety. Stalks are edible raw, baked, fried, or boiled. They are frequently used to make omelettes, casseroles, sauces, salads, and cocktails (such as bloody Mary). Leaves are mostly used to decorate and season dishes.
Celeriac is a type of celery grown for its large roundish bulb. It has the potential to grow to the size of a potato. Celeriac can be eaten either raw or cooked.
After a meal, nibbling on celery stalks aids in the cleaning of the teeth and mouth.
Celery was used as an aphrodisiac by the ancient Romans. Celery contains a substance (called androsterone) that is also found in human sweat, according to modern science. This substance aids in the attraction of females.
Celery was used as an ancient “bouquet of flowers” to reward athletic game winners in Ancient Greece.
Despite its numerous health benefits, celery can cause severe allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to it. Celery root contains more allergens and is therefore more dangerous than stalks and leaves.
Celery is a biennial plant, which means it has a two-year life cycle.