is believed to have been first cultivated in Italy prior to 600 AD. It
was used as a medicinal plant only. The first recorded use of celery as
a food was in France in 1632. In the late 17th century, celery was first
eaten as a salad herb with an oil dressing.
very strong flavor of the wild plant was tamed by blanching and it
became suitable as a table food. Blanching is a method of covering the
growing stalk with dirt as it grows to prevent the sunlight from turning
the stalks green. Several self blanching varieties have been introduced,
but they have not proven to be satisfactory.
seed was first brought to North American from Scotland where it was used
to start the first commercial production near Kalamazoo Michigan. The
five most significant nutrients in celery, in order, are Vitamin C,
potassium, folate, dietary fiber and manganese; with vitamin B6,
calcium, vitamin B1, magnesium, vitamin A, tryptophan, phosphorus,
riboflavin and iron. Cultivated celery grows 12 to 16 inches high.
The world's tallest celery plant was 9 feet tall. It was grown by Joan
Priednieks of Weston Zoyland, Somerset England in 1997 There are many
ways to prepare celery for the table.
is a popular ingredient for poultry stuffing, being lightly sautιed in
oil or butter before mixing with the other ingredients. A celery stalk
can be 'stuffed' with a variety of fillings. Celery can be included in
stews, salads, and it is an excellent addition to fresh vegetable
juices. In order to prevent the celery strings from clogging the juicer,
the celery may be cut into small pieces. Celery is...
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