Celery has been cultivated for thousands of years and was probably first grown in the Mediterranean. In Greece, people made garlands from celery leaves to place on the dead. Archeologists discovered celery leaves in King Tut’s tomb.
- Celery is low in calories but high in fiber. Dieters sometimes eat it because it is filling, but low-calorie and low-fat.
- Celery can be eaten raw. It is most often used as a seasoning ingredient in soups, stews, and casseroles.
- Celery leaves are very flavorful. They’re often added to dishes or dried for seasoning.
- Celery seeds are also used as a seasoning.
- Celery allergies are uncommon in America, but many people in Europe are allergic to celery. Allergic reactions can be very serious, similar to a peanut allergy.
- Celery was originally used for medicinal purposes long before it was used as food.
- Cultivate: to intentionally grow a plant
- Garland: a wreath
- Archaeologist: someone who studies ancient artifacts and ruins
Questions and Answers
Question: Why don’t home gardeners grow celery more?
Answer: Celery needs very rich, very moist soil. Also, many commercial growers blanch – or cover – celery. New varieties don’t need to be blanched, but people tend to think of celery as a fussy plant to grow.
Visit a celery farm to learn how it’s grown.
Learn new recipes for celery.