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Celery Root. (aka Celeriac/”World’s Ugliest Vegetable”)

Posted Jun 30 2012 7:09pm

Okay, so we all have seen celery before. Green, leafy, watery, kind of salty, very distinct flavor and smell, goes great with soups, salads, beef stew, and stir fry. And in some medicinal circles, celery can also treat a variety of conditions as well. But something we do not hear much about is celery root, also known as celeriac or “the world’s ugly ducking of vegetables” (according to some sources).

Hey bro, back off, would ya?

Celeriac is a pretty knobby, gnarly, bulbous vegetable, the size of about a soft ball or a turnip, white in color, and extremely smooth in texture – like a less-starchy potato that has a hint of celery/parsley taste. It’s pretty damn good if you ask me. Definitely a win in my book.

So what in the world prompted me to write a post about celery root, of all things? Well, I recently went to PCC Natural Market , a local food co-op in Seattle, after my clinic shift this morning, where they had a creation entitled “Celery Slaw”. I was searching for a link to the recipe on the PCC website, but unfortunately there was none, and I don’t feel its right to broadcast their recipe without their permission, but it was literally to die for (so you’re just going to have to check it out on your own :) ). I’m not really sure what it was, the celery root, the mustard seeds, the red onion, or that it was prepared with love, which made this celery slaw taste so good. But I should encourage you (that if you do not have an allergy to celery) to try it out and see how you like celery root!

This is actually considered a winter-root vegetable (most prevalent between October through February), although can be eaten at any time of year. Celery root is packed with vitamins and minerals, including: Vitamin C, Phosphorus, Potassium, and Sodium, while having a fair amount of Iron, Calcium, and Magnesium as well. It has a low glycemic load, which can be helpful in certain diets that avoid carbohydrates. There is not a lot of protein within this vegetable, so make sure you are eating a balanced diet.

Some sources indicate celery root has analgesic or calming effects, particularly to the digestive and cardiovascular system, although there is not enough evidence to adequately support these health claims. Please consult a licensed medical professional for appropriate treatment of both gastrointestinal and cardiovascular conditions. This post is in no way intended as medical advice, only for informational purposes only.

References (1) http://pmep.info/health-benefits-of-celery-root/
(2) http://www.producepair.com/best-of/celerey_root.htm
(3) http://terriskitchenuk.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/the-ugly-celeriac-beauty-is-only-skin-deep/
(4) http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6551175
(5) http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2395/2

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