A Stalk Worth Chopping

Cross section of celery stalk, showing vascula...Need a snack? What about one of the most challenged pieces of food, celery. I have yet to met a person who can’t decide whether they like or not like celery. Either people like celery or they don’t.

What does that beautiful green vegetable have nutritionally?

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 cup, diced (120.0 g)
Amount Per Serving % Daily Values
Calories 19 Calories from Fat 2
Total Fat 0.2g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 96mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 3.6g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1.9g 8%
Sugars 2.2g
Protein 0.8g
Vitamin A 11% Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 5% Iron 1%
(1)

Does this vegetable have varieties?

“Celery is from the same plant family as carrots, parsley, fennel and caraway. There are two main varieties of celery grown today. The most common is the pale green Pascal celery. Golden celery is grown under a layer of soil to prevent it from developing and turning green.” (2)  Another point that I would like to point out is the celery root.  I have used the celery root in a variety of dishes.  It is really amazing that celery can have so many varieties and the root itself can be used as well.

How can celery be used in foods?

Celery can be used in cooking (bake, broil, sautéed, soups); in side dishes (pasta salad, egg salad, potato salad, and more); or it can be used raw (by itself, with cheese, peanut butter, hummus).

The Poem

Just for fun, I thought I would do a search to see if anyone wrote a poem on celery. By gosh, there is a poem entitled, Celery by Odgen Nash. You have read it!

As you fix your next dish with celery or eat your next piece of celery for a snack consider all of the fun facts that you have received in today’s post.  You’ll be surprised about how much you have learned, and even the poem.  You just may memorize it!

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© 2013 Jewel Williams

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Resources:

(1) http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-celery-i11143
(2) http://www.food.com/library/celery-216

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