Are Celery And Celeriac The Same Thing?
While their appearances are wildly different, celery and celeriac root are very closely related botanically. Does this mean they can be used interchangeably in cooking?
The short answer is no. Celery and celeriac are basically the same plant, Apium graveolens, with celeriac being a variety cultivated for its root rather than for its stalks (var. rapaceum).
They both have the taste of celery, although many people find celeriac to be earthier and more intense. Both can be used either cooked or raw, but in either case, their texture is widely different, so they are not interchangeable in most recipes.
Health Benefits Of Celery
Celery is a great choice if you are watching your weight
One large stalk contains only 10 calories! So, add celery to your shopping list and enjoy it in your salads, soups and stir-fries.
Celery reduces inflammation
If you are suffering from joint pains, lung infections, asthma, or acne, eating more celery will bring much-needed relief.
It helps you calm down
Celery for stress-relief? Oh yes! The minerals in celery, especially magnesium, and the essential oil in it, soothe the nervous system. If you enjoy a celery-based snack in the evening, you may sleep better.
It regulates the body’s alkaline balance
By regulating the alkaline balance status,it is protecting you from problems caused by an overly acidic diet.
Celery aids digestion
Some say celery tastes like “crunchy water,” and this may be part of the reason it is so good for your digestive system. The high water content of celery, combined with the insoluble fiber in it, makes it a great tool for easy passage of stool.
Note: because celery has diuretic and cleansing properties, those with diarrhea should avoid eating it.
It contains “good” salts
Yes, celery does contain sodium, but it is not the same thing as table salt. The salt in celery is organic, natural and essential for your health.
It cares for your eyes
One large stalk of celery delivers 5 percent of your daily need for Vitamin A, a group of nutrients that protects the eyes and prevents age-related degeneration of vision.
Celery reduces “bad” cholesterol
There is a component in celery called butylphthalide, which gives the vegetable its flavor and scent. But that’s not all it does — the compound also reduces bad cholesterol. A Chicago University study profiled by the New York Times shows that the butylphthalide found in just four stalks of celery a day can reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) by up to 7 percent!
It lowers blood pressure
An active compound called phthalides in celery has been proven to boost circulatory health. Raw, whole celery reduces high blood pressure.
Celery can combat cancer
Two studies at the University of Illinois show that a powerful flavonoid in celery, called luteolin, inhibits the growth of cancer cells, especially in the pancreas.
Regular intake of celery could significantly delay the formation of breast cancer cells.
Celery And Celeriac Juice
Makes 250 ml
- 100 g celery
- 150 gr celeriac
- 100 g lettuce
- 100 g spinach
- 2-3 ice cubes
- Trim the celery and cut it into 5cm lengths.
- Peel the celeriac and cut the flesh into cubes
- Separate the lettuce into leaves
- Juice the celery,celeriac,lettuce and spinach,alternating the ingredients so that the lettuce and spinach leaves do not clog the machine
- Transfer the juice into a food processor or blender,add a couple of ice cubes and process briefly
- Pour the juice into a glass and serve immediately