Well I never! There’s a song about everything it seems. Out of curiosity I googled celery song. I got spoilt for choice. Here’s a cute one –
I know, I know. It’s a food week for me it seems. An email arrived in my inbox this week – about celery.Who knew celery had all these goodies in it –
◊ It’s chockablock full of Vit A. Crunching on one large stalk gives you 10% of your daily need. And why do you need it? To see, that’s why. It’s good for the eyes you see.
◊ Now you’ve all heard about the bad fat that clogs up your arteries – the LDL stuff. Celery helps to reduce it. Just gets better doesn’t it. If you up the celery crunching to two stalks a day, it can reduce LDL by up to 7%.
◊ It’s full of water and fibre, AND low in calories. Crunching it helps to sweep out all that gunk from the guts.
◊ It’s rich in magnesium which supports the nervous system. Crunching it helps to soothe the jitters.
◊ Now you’ve probably heard that we tend to eat far too much acidic food. That’s bad for you. Well, guess what? Crunching on celery helps to regulate the alkaline balance.
◊ That’s just a few of the reasons why crunching on the green stalky stuff is good for you.
When it’s in season here, I sometimes make – you guessed it
Chop up a bunch of celery. Heck, if you’re going to make soup, make a decent amount of it.
Chop up a couple of good sized onions.
Throw them all into a pot with chicken stock so the veges are just covered.
Bring to the boil. Turn the heat down and leave to simmer till they’re done.
Blitz it. Adjust seasoning to your liking. Trust me – it’s yummy!
Want to pimp it up a bit?
Microwave a tablespoon of blue vein cheese just long enough so it’s a bit runny. Mix it into some light cream. Add a dollop to the soup when you serve it. Enjoy! A bit of crunchy sourdough bread doesn’t go astray either.
The good news is cooking doesn’t destroy the nutritional value of celery.
© Raili Tanska