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Celery

English Name

Apium Graveolens

Scientific Name

Description

Celery is succulent salad vegetable consisting of greenish white stalks and leaves with characteristic flavor. It is used for healing in herbal medicine. It contains several active compounds with apparent health benefits. It helps to reduce blood pressure, therefore it may lower the risk of a heart attack and stroke. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory, especially helpful in relief of gout and rheumatism. Because of its high calcium content, celery calms the nerves and relieve anxiety. It helps eliminate waste via the urine, due to the effect it has on the kidneys.

Europe

Origin

Apiaceae

Family

Hardy Biennial

Life Cycle

Yes

Fragrance

Color

Germination

Soak seeds overnight in a hot-water bath. Place seeds in a container and pour water heated to about 88°C over them. After 24 hours, remove and sow immediately without drying.

Propagation

Sow seeds anytime during the year.

Cultivation

Celery require highly fertile soil, plenty of moisture and cool temperatures to thrive.

Tips

In herbal medicine celery and its seeds are used in the treatment of gout and rheumatism and as a sedative to promote restful sleep.

Care

For tender white stalks try blanching. Two weeks before harvest time, wrap the stalk cluster with cardboard, recycled kitchen roll tube, newspaper or black plastic tied with string, leaving the leafy top exposed to the sun, or cover the bottom two-thirds of each plant with straw.



Did you know?

Most plant cells look like little boxes full of green disks. The disks are called chloroplasts. Other organelles inside a plant cell include a nucleus (where the DNA is kept), a large central vacuole (where water and other materials are stored) and a complex internal skeleton or cytoskeleton made of various proteins.