You’ve probably eaten celery before. But have you ever eaten celery root?
You probably should. Also called celeriac, celery root is actually a powerhouse of health benefits, offering all sorts of vitamins, minerals, essential oils, and nutrients that your body can use. On top of all this, it can also help with various health issues, allergies, aches, pains and more.
If you don’t know much about celeriac, it’s time to get familiar with this amazing piece of produce. Keep reading to learn all you need to know!
Often known simply as “celery root” or “turnip celery.” It is traditionally grown throughout Northern Europe and in the Mediterranean region, and is a staple in many of these areas’ native cuisine.
As for its taste, most people say celeriac is like a mix of celery and parsley – zesty, but still refreshing. It is not as popular in North America as it is on other continents, but it has picked up steam in health food markets and specialty food stores over the past few years.
Benefits of Celeriac
Celeriac is known to have dozens of benefits for your health. It can improve liver function, alleviate indigestion, boost digestive function, treat ulcers and gastritis, relieve arthritis pain, stimulate your metabolism and even improve your vision. On top of all this, it also has anti-septic, analgesic, hypoallergenic and calming properties that make it a must have in anyone’s diet – no matter what your current health condition is.
One of the biggest benefits of celeriac is that it can help you lose weight. For one, it can actually boost your body’s fat burning processes, as well as your metabolism. Both of these actions can make losing weight significantly easier. Additionally, just a single cup of celery root juice (taken before a meal) can help you get fuller sooner, so you don’t overeat and take in too many calories. This, too, assists in weight loss and makes dropping those pesky pounds just a little bit simpler.
- Is high in protein and iron – Surprisingly, celeriac is high in both protein and iron. The protein helps with your body’s cell production, and it boosts your cognitive function. The iron is vital to your circulatory system and can help prevent illness.
- Boosts your immune system – Get sick a lot? You may want to eat more celeriac. This veggie is packed with vitamin C, a known immune system booster that can help ward off infection, bacteria and disease. It can even help heal wounds faster.
- Increase heart health –With high levels of magnesium, potassium and folate, celeriac is a great heart health booster. It can prevent build-up of fat in blood vessels, lower your cholesterol and prevent heart attack and stroke.
- Improve energy – Because they contain healthy carbohydrates, celeriacs are also a great way to boost your energy, too. On top of this, they can balance your blood sugar levels, making them great for diabetics.
- Prevent cancer – Celeriac is full of antioxidants, which prevent cell damage, ward off free radicals and can even prevent certain cancers from invading your body. Who wouldn’t want those kind of benefits?
- Increase bone health – Thanks to its high level of calcium, celeriac has been shown to boost bone health, too. It can also help improve the health of your tissues and muscles.
- Hydrates your body – Like celery, celeriac is very hydrating. It can actually prevent water loss in your body, and help you retain electrolytes that keep you going. This helps kidney function, too.
Regular consumption of celeriac has also been known to decrease inflammation, treat urinary problems and decrease bloating. Celeriac does it all!
How to Eat Celeriac
You can purchase celeriac at most health food stores. It usually looks like a round, tan bulb, with celery and leaves popping out of it. Simply remove the stalks, and store the root itself in your fridge until you’re ready to eat it.
When it’s time to consume the celeriac, you have a few options you can take. First, you can simply chop it thin, grate it or shred it over an existing dish. It’s particularly good on top of salads or as an added crunchy element to a stir fry or curry.
You can also slice it thin and bake it into chips, or you can boil it, as you would a potato, and mash it up with your favorite ingredients. Some people also like to chop celeriac, and add it to crock pot soups, stews and casseroles.
It’s a very versatile ingredient that can go with virtually any flavor or type of cuisine. If you haven’t tried it before, consider getting some on this week’s grocery trip. Add it to a meal or two, and see what you think! Be sure to report back to me by posting a comment!
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