Celery is a vegetable that is well-known all over the world. It is not a recent one and has been a part of many dishes whether soups, stews, or even main dishes for hundreds of years. It has been grown all over the Mediterranean before spreading to the world, and is a part of the Mediterranean diet, widely considered to be the healthiest diet known to man. In this article, we will talk about celery and its juice, its health benefits and nutritional content, as well as risks that may be associated with its excessive use.
What is celery?
Celery is a vegetable that is formed of a stalk and leaves at the end of it. Both the leaves and the stalk are used as food both raw and cooked, and its seeds may also be used as a spice in the Middle East and Asia. Its seeds also produce a strong essential oil used in perfumes. The leaves, in particular, are spicy and are used to add flavor to soups.
Since antiquity, celery has been used in traditional medicine and was well-known to the Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, and Romans as an important medicinal plant, but it arrived late to the Western European kitchen by the 17th century.