Organic Celery Netherlands/USA/Spain
Certification: USDA/NASAA/EU Organic
Highlights: Organic Celery (Apium graveolens) 芹菜 Qín cài belongs to the Apiaceae family, which includes carrots, parsnips, parsley, and celeriac. Its crunchy stalks are a popular low-calorie snack paired with cottage cheese, and it offers substantial health benefits.
Packed full of antioxidants including vitamin C, carotenoids and flavonoids which reduce inflammation and soothe the nervous system, celery offers protection to the complete digestive tract. It contains both soluble and insoluble fibre and a pectic polysaccharide called apiuman which has been shown to help heal stomach ulcers, modulate stomach secretions and improve overall stomach health. So while organic celery is very popular for juicing to help de-tox the body, the fibre is also extremely beneficial for both the digestive and cardiovascular systems.
One of the components that gives celery its distinctive flavour and aroma is butylphthalide, and it is thought that this helps reduce LDL cholesterol, improves circulatory health and even aids recovery from ischaemic stroke. Celery naturally contains organic salts and is sometimes used as a substitute for salt for those looking to reduce salt intake.
Great raw or juiced, it is also used in the French flavour base ‘Mirepoix’ and the Italian ‘Soffritto’ base for sauces, soups, stews and braises in the respective cuisines.