Celery is one of the common greens people include in various dishes. With the scientific name Apium graveolens, it is a marshland plant from the Apiaceae family. Its stalks and leaves are usually eaten and used in cooking while its seeds and extracts are used as a spice and in medicines, respectively.
One health benefit of celery is fiber. Fiber is a substance that acts as a sweep and helps the body remove unwanted substances like toxins and free radicals, which contributes to diseases like cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Fiber has the capacity to reduce bad cholesterol levels in the blood; hence, it can help prevent the emergence of heart diseases like hypertension, atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, and stroke. Moreover, fiber enhances a person’s digestion and metabolism, facilitating weight loss and preventing the chances of developing digestive issues like constipation, hemorrhoids
Celery also prevents toxic effects to the body with its antioxidant properties. According to World’s Healthiest Foods, the vegetable contains phytonutrients like phenolic acids, flavones, flavonols, dihydrostilbenoids, phytosterols, and furanocoumarins, which have demonstrated reduced risk of oxidative damage to body fats, digestive tract, and blood vessel walls. This way, digestive and vascular health will be maintained.
Another health benefit of eating celery is its antimicrobial properties. According to Dr. Axe’s official website, celery seeds have been utilized as an herbal medicine with antimicrobial effects; this is supported by a 2009 report published in the “Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology,” which revealed that celery seed extract contained “special anti-microbial components.” as per the publication, it considerably purified and reduced bacterial growth, which lead to the thought that celery can naturally enhance the immune function. In addition, celery helps decrease uric acid and activate urine production, which is very helpful when it comes to combating infections within the digestive and urinary tract.
One recipe that uses celery includes deep-fried celery with cream cheese and garlic in tempura butter. According to Love Celery, the ingredients include one celery heart (washed, cut into four centimeter pieces), 200 grams cream cheese, two cloves garlic (crushed), small bunch of parsley (finely chopped), vegetable oil, four portions of baby leaf salad, 150 grams plain flour, 200 ml sparkling water, three to six tablespoons of olive oil, one teaspoon French mustard, one tablespoon vinegar, salt, and pepper.
To prepare, as per the publication, the celery is blanched in boiling water for about three to four minutes. Then, they are drained and dried well with kitchen towel. After that, the cream cheese, parsley, and garlic are mixed together and placed in a piping bag and into the celery groove; the celery can also be filled with a broad knife. Next, the tempura butter is prepared by whisking the water and flour into a light batter, similar to the consistency of double cream. Then, a saucepan is filled with vegetable oil to four cm deep and is heated to 170 degrees Celsius. After that, tongs is used to pick up the celery, one at a time. It is dipped into the batter, with the surplus shaken off. Then, it is gently lowered into the hot fat and cooked on gentle heat for about six to eight minutes. As per the publication, the color should be pale yellow and once done, it is removed from the pan and placed on a kitchen towel to drain excess oil. The vinaigrette ingredients are whisked together and the dish is served with salad and dressing.