Celery Root remains one of the many bounties of the fall harvest. Ugly, misshapen, and imperfectly globular, this root veggie is among one of the best tasting, albeit less popular items available, and its yummy throughout the bitter cold months! What it lacks in good looks, it surely makes up for in perks, including nutrient content and flavor!
Perks of Celery Root
Providing an arsenal of nutrients for the long winter, Celery Root makes for a great pick-me-up for the lazy and the crazy days. The World Cancer Research Fund and the AICR have found compelling ongoing evidence of the link between body fatness and several cancers. Fat is active tissue within the body and in excess can release chemicals that promote inflammation a cancer friendly environment.Eating foods like celery root within the diet can be a healthy plant based addition. Since it is higher in fiber, celery root can keep you full and help to prevent overeating and weight gain.
Celeriac’s pallet of vibrant nutrients give it an attractive edge. As a source of B vitamins, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, calcium and essential minerals like potassium magnesium and phosphorus it’s good for the bones, the heart and the immune system. And, as with most vegetables, it contains powerful antioxidants and phytonutrients to promote good health and cancer prevention. Fancier yet, the celeriac contains polyacetylenes, potent anticancer cell growth suppressors that may help to prevent rapid growth of cancerous cells and could potentially defend against further disease [i]. So far, it’s been found that carrots also contain these same healthful compounds.
A Culinary Craze
As with all root veggies, the versatility of the celeriac root is outstanding! A welcomed alternative to the common potato, carrot, turnip, or rutabaga, the root is great raw, mashed, baked or even fried. And since it’s a funny looking choice, it may be a welcoming addition to a children’s culinary vocabulary, as well as a good food to use when teaching the kiddies how to cook. It’s memorable!
For this month we’re linking to a delicious Pistachio Crusted Salmon With Celery Root Potato Mash recipe created by one of our expert Registered Dietitians, Stephanie Lang MS, RDN, CDN, whose recipes are featured in our exciting collaboration with VeryWell.com. This one incorporates one whole, large celery root, mashed and creamy. Include the family, cook the root, and Bon Appetite!