Scientific: Apium graveolens [WikiPedia]
Composition: Celery is a
popular vegetable, but there’s more to this plant than the stalk alone.
Celery seeds are less common but still tasty and nutritious.
Appearance: They’re small, light-brown, and have an earthy scent. Their flavor is warm and bitter.
Parts Used: The fruits or “seeds,” whole or powdered
Common Uses: The Greeks and
Romans called it “smallage” and harvested it in the wild for its
medicinal properties. The Romans used it more for cooking. When it was
finally grown and harvested in the middle ages it was found to be a
wonderful vegetable to add to the dinner table. It was not until the
19th century that the seeds were used as a spice in recipes and
pickling. It was associated with funerals and bad luck, and woven
garlands of wild celery were often found in Egyptian tombs. The celery
used in herbal medicine is a close relative of the celery you can buy in
market. The fruit or “seed” is grayish green to brown with a
characteristic, slightly bitter, spicy taste. Too much celery seed can
overpower a dish, whereas a little brings out flavors in other foods.
Celery seed is used in pickles, casseroles, and Bloody Marys. Despite
their small size, celery seeds have an impressive nutrient profile.
They’re a great source of essential minerals like calcium, manganese,
Harvested from the wild celery plant known as
“Smallage” and boasting an enduring history in Ayurvedic Medicine, some
people take celery by mouth to treat joint pain (rheumatism), gout,
nervousness, headache, weight loss due to malnutrition, loss of
appetite, and exhaustion. Celery is also taken by mouth to promote
relaxation and sleep, kill bacteria in the urinary tract, increase the
flow of urine, help regulate bowel movements, control intestinal gas
(flatulence), increase sexual desire, and for “blood purification.”
Celery seeds are rich in many essential nutrients for bone health like
calcium, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus. Celery seeds are a great
source of non-heme iron. Eating iron-rich food helps your body produce
red blood cells and may prevent anemia. Celery seeds are a great source
of magnesium. Eating a magnesium-rich diet may help control blood sugar
levels and reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes. Celery seed extract may
possess antibacterial properties, although more research is needed to
confirm these findings. Celery seed extract has been shown to possess
antioxidant properties in test-tube and animal studies. However, more
research is needed.
Some of the uses include:
Alternatives and Adjuncts:
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