IN THE KITCHEN: celery • root

Celery ROOT otherwise known as celeriac.
It’s the unsung hero that gets no fame as it’s “older brother” – celery STALK claims the fame. No more hiding Mr. Celery root, it’s time to trumpet your benefits from the hilltops. Between it’s digestive and adrenal supporting love, celeriac deserves a spot in your refrigerator and plate.

TOP 3 BENEFITS OF CELERIAC 

  1. Celeriac is bursting at the seams with fiber. As one of the most fibrous root vegetables, celeriac is a superstar when it comes to the prevention of bowel stagnation. #constipationnomore
  2. Celeriac is a free radical WARRIOR. When it comes to the search for foods high in vitamin C, celeriac is a treasure trove of this invaluable, protective nutrient. Not only does vitamin C keep us well as we transition seasons but it also is a huge support to our adrenal glands which of course regulate everything from energy to hormone balance.
  3. Finally Celery root is a powerhouse of B vitamins, which are also invaluable to adrenal function and subsequent energy production. B’s are watersoluble meaning they don’t hang around long in the body, so a consistent intake of B-rich foods is paramount to consistent energy production, adrenal function and cognitive health.

In order to enjoy the full benefits of celeriac all you need is ½-1 cup 2 x per week. Pretty simple if I do say myself.


WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR WHEN PURCHASING CELERIAC?

While celery [with it’s hairy appeal] has a face that only a mother could love- don’t be scared. It’s actually quite friendly and versatile. When you’re at the grocery store, just look for medium-sized tubers that are 3-4 inches in diameter. Any bigger than that, or ones that have large cracks, should be avoided, since those are generally tougher and stringier. You should also look for a nice, smooth, even surface [1].
Once you’re home, store your celery root in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator. You really just want to make sure that the root doesn’t become dry. Celery root can even be stored between zero and five degrees for three to four months!

COOKING CELERIAC 101

You will be delighted by the fact that celeriac plays nicely in nearly any vegetable dish. It has a depth of flavor complexity that breeds so many compliments from guests when it is served in dishes as a sub for any starchy counterpart [such as white potatoes].The versatility of this root is what makes cooking with celeriac such a treat. You can boil and mash it to mix in with potatoes, eat it raw in salads and slaws or even add it to soups and casseroles! [2].
Here are a collection of recipes from around the internet that incorporate celery root beautifully as well.
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