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How to clean celery


Celery fragrant - spicy vegetable, which came from the Mediterranean countries. On the content of vitamins and useful trace elements it occupies one of the leading positions among vegetables. Due to the high content of essential oils it gives dishes and salads a specific bright aroma. All parts of the plant are eaten both raw and processed. And in this article we will examine the types of celery and how to clean it properly.

Celery types and characteristics

Scented Celery - biennial herbaceous plant, in appearance of the leaves is very similar to parsley, only much more massive. In the first year, the plant forms a powerful rosette of dark green leaves with beautiful gloss, fleshy cuttings and a strong white root or even a root crop. In the second year in early spring, green leaves appear, and by mid-July, the plant is already blooming, in August the seeds ripen and the celery dries almost immediately.

The appearance of celery depends on the variety to which it belongs: leaf, petiolate, root.

Celery bunches

Celery leaves are grown to produce fragrant greens.saturated with lots of vitamins. It is eaten fresh, in salads, as a seasoning for soups and other dishes.

This kind of greenery has thin petioles and a hard root - both are not suitable for food.

Petiolate celery is cultivated to produce petioles and leaves. Petioles reach a width of 4-5cm, very juicy, oily, contain a large amount of essential oils, vitamins, minerals. Of these, the first and second courses are prepared, dietary low-calorie salads, added to pickles and preservation to give a spicy, bright flavor and a pleasant taste.

Celery root species is grown exclusively from the root, similar to large beets of white color and reaching from 500 to 900 grams of weight. Root - a real storehouse of vitamins, has a beneficial effect on the human body. It is used both fresh, and in salads and hot dishes.

Leaf and petiolate species are sown directly into the soil in early spring or in winter, and the root is planted by seedling.

Useful and harmful properties of stems and roots

Steamed celery is the most valuable food and has amazing healing properties. All the useful qualities of a vegetable would have to be listed for too long, but the most basic ones are: beneficial effects on the nervous, cardiovascular, digestive systems.

The useful vegetable contains a large amount of proteins, vitamins of group B, carotene, vitamins E, K, C, valuable amino acids - nicotine, asparagine, tyrosine, essential oils, trace elements - potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, manganese.

Celery has the following effects on the human body:

  • slows down the aging process, helps fight senile dementia;
  • promotes restoration of water-salt balance;
  • essential oils relieve nervous tension, increase efficiency, vitality, resistance to stress;
  • beneficial effect on the walls of blood vessels, thereby restores blood circulation and normalizes high blood pressure;
  • due to the high content of vital minerals, vitamins B, PP, E, C has a positive effect on the condition of the skin, hair, lips and eyes;
  • root crop has a diuretic effect; daily consumption cleans the kidneys and urinary canals;
  • salads from raw vegetables with the addition of grated root vegetables should be consumed during diets, people with diabetes, vegetarians;
  • regular consumption of celery greens relieves heartburn, flatulence, constipation, stomach cramps, as it contributes to the digestion of food and removes toxins from the body.
Different parts of celery close-up on the table

This is not all the beneficial properties of the miracle vegetable.

But such a strong therapeutic agent may not be equally useful for everyone, therefore, there are contraindications:

  • with urolithiasis in order to avoid the movement of stones and exacerbation of the disease;
  • with varicose veins, the presence of blood clots;
  • due to the high content of essential oils, it is not recommended during pregnancy and lactation, with colitis and enterocolitis.

How to eat a stem vegetable

All parts of the plant are equally useful and applicable in food. But since most of the essential compounds, vitamins and trace elements are destroyed during heat treatment, celery is eaten raw, cleaned beforehand. Young green leaves - as a seasoning for salads, fish and meat dishes.

The root crop is peeled, and juicy white pulp in a grated look is added to fruit, vegetable and even meat salads.

How to peel

Juicy, crunchy, fragrant flesh of petioles is an excellent ingredient for salads, appetizers, sauces. But not many people know that in order to fully enjoy the taste and aroma of green stems, they must be thoroughly cleaned.

Celery stalks in a basket

The top layer of petioles consists of hard, long fibers that make it difficult to chew the vegetable.. Therefore, before eating, cutting into salads, etc. you need to cut the top layer with a regular or economy knife.

If there are no fibers when breaking the stem, it means that you can start chopping or cutting the vegetable.

Ways to cook properly

The dishes of petioles and celery root may not be so rich in vitamins and fiber, but they certainly will have a savory taste and aroma. Vegetable is used for cooking soups, vegetable stews, side dishes, as a filler or additive to sauces. It can be boiled, braised or roasted in sunflower or olive oil.

Without a doubt, celery is exactly the vegetable that should be constantly on our table in any form. Such a useful product can not be excluded from the diet. According to nutritionists, daily use of the product will have a positive effect on the entire body, the work of internal organs, the condition of hair, nails and skin.