Fun facts of the week: celery
- Celery can reach the height of 3.3 feet
- Celery is called a “bunch of celery” because it is consist of 10-12 individual celery stalks.
- Celery is low in calories but high in fiber
- All parts of celery are edible! Yep, even the leaves!
- Celery was initially used as medicine in the treatment of a toothache, insomnia, hypertension, anxiety, arthritis, rheumatism and to purify the blood.
- Ancient Romans used celery as an aphrodisiac. Modern science proved that celery contains a substance called androsterone that is also found in man’s sweat. This substance plays a role in attracting females. Ok boys, start eating celery now.
- Celery was used in ancient “bouquet of flowers” , to reward winners of athletic games in the Ancient Greece.
- Celery is a biennial plant, which means plants ends its life cycle in two years.
- Celery was first used as a food during the 16th century in Italy.
- The town of Celeryville, Ohio, was founded by early 19th-century celery farmers.
- There is a celery museum in Portage, Michigan, called Celery Flats Interpretive Center.
- Today, California is the nation’s top celery producer. Michigan ranks fourth.
- Celergy help lower cholesterol, lower inflammation, help prevent high blood pressure, help prevent ulcers, protect liver health, beneficial with weight loss, boost digestion and may help prevent from cancer.
- Over 1 billion pouds of celery are produced each year in the United States.
- The average U.S adult eats about 6 pouds of celery per year.
- A substantial amount of celery in the U.S comes from Mexico, and the U.S. exports about 200 million pounds of celery to Canada annually.
- Celergy is often served as a “major plate vegetable” rather than an additive to salads or soups.
- “celery hearts” usually refers to the innermost stalk of the celery. These stalks are typically the most tender.