Celery is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean, and wild celery can also be found across Europe and Asia. The word celery is thought to have come from the French word ‘celeri’ which in turn was derived from an ancient Greek word, and it was first used purely for medicinal purposes.
Celery is one of the underappreciated vegetables, thought of as only a low-calorie vegetable with no other benefits, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Sure, celery contains only 16 calories to every 100 grams, but it’s loaded with lots of healthy phytonutrients like vitamin K, folate, potassium, calcium, fiber and more.
Celery has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to protect the digestive tract from inflammation. Celery contains a lot of phenolic nutrients that act as antioxidants and protect us against unwanted free radical damage to our cells, blood vessels, and organs. Celery regulates alkaline balance, and can also calm you down as it is a great source of magnesium, which soothes the nervous system. Eating it before bed may even help you sleep better.
Celery goes with many other dishes. Chop it up and add it to your favorite tuna or chicken recipe, use it in stews, salads, and stir-fry, or simply eat it raw, and dip it in some organic hummus for flavor.