At the market this week you may have seen celery root. As odd as it might look and unusual for Americans, it is full of stellar nutrients and aroma. I love to use this root to flavor soups, raw in salads and steamed and pureed as an addition to holiday meals.

Celery root is common in Europe and was a part of our daily lives when I lived in Switzerland, Germany and France. Celery root is one of the most valuable natural foods, and happens to be one of the best known natural sources of various nutrients and vitamins.

It is rich in vitamins A, C, K and E, essential oils, carotene, micro–elements and other nutrients. There is a myriad of health benefits of celery root and the best part is all you have to do is eat it! 🙂

Celery root has excellent calming, analgesic, antiseptic, anti allergic as well as other therapeutic properties. Celery root is recommended to those suffering from various problems with digestive disorders, including ulcers, gastritis, indigestion, a lack of appetite, etc..

Celery root has been used to improve the function of the liver and bladder, calm down arthritis pains and get rid of swellings, improve our vision and stimulate metabolism.

For many years celery root has been known as a natural aphrodisiac which can improve our stamina and even assist in treating frigidity.

Regular consumption of celery is linked to improved memory and mental abilities, lowered risks of inflammations and ailments connected with the function of urinary system. Celery can quicken the processes of burning fat so as to accelerate weight loss.

As always, buy organic and fresh celery root so that you can obtain the maximum amount of health benefits and optimal levels of chemical compounds and therapeutic properties.

Contrary to its name, celery root is not the root of the celery stalks we all know and love. This vegetable was actually cultivated during the renaissance for its bulbous, gnarly looking root. It’s certainly related to celery with a taste that could be described as a pungent celery and parsley mix with a nutty twist and the texture of a potato (sans all the starch). This root vegetable which is also called celeriac, knob celery, and turnip-rooted celery  definitely does not get points for attractiveness, it is creamy, beautiful with its white flesh and has a deliciously sweet, smoky flavor.

This humble root vegetable packs some serious health benefits as it is high in fiber, potassium, magnesium and vitamin B6. Used in traditional Chinese medicine to reduce high blood pressure, recent studies suggest the presence of certain phytochemicals called phthalides are responsible for this benefit.

In smelling this root and loving it’s taste and aroma, I decided to make a hazelnut creme and shave the celeriac topped with truffles. Divine indeed. If you want to make a more basic version, make some hemp seed or cashew mayo and chop parsley  add a squeeze lemon and a pinch of sea salt and you’ve got a stunning side dish. How do you love to prepare celery root? I am inspired by your ideas. Let me know on Facebook.