National Fresh Celery Month
What few people realize is that there are several months dedicated to celery that’s observed in the U.S. The first one is celebrated in March and is known as National Celery Month. The second one is celebrated in April and is known as National Fresh Celery Month.
It’s the latter that we’re going to be talking about during this article. This month celebrates a marshland plant that belongs to the Apiaceae family and has been cultivated since the beginning of agriculture.
It’s a low-calorie vegetable that’s composed mostly of water but is one that provides a lot of fiber and antioxidants as well. Anyone who’s a fan of this veggie is probably going to want to celebrate this month.
The History Of National Fresh Celery Month
Who makes all of these celery holidays and holiday months? We’re not quite sure but we’ll keep investigating it to see if we can find out. Until we do, however, we think that everyone should just assume that this month was created by someone who’s a big fan of this veggie.
Some Amazing Fresh Celery Facts
We’ve already done some celery facts in another celery-related holiday, but we decided to go ahead and do a little bit more research and dig up some more facts about this veggie. The following facts are the ones that we think everyone will appreciate.
- Celery is not a negative-calorie food. That means that it doesn’t actually burn more calories to digest it than it contains. That’s been a long-time myth.
- Celery is believed to be cultivated from smallage — Mediterranean wild celery.
- There was a celery-flavored Jell-O in the 1960s.
- Celery is mentioned in the Iliad. It’s the wild plant that the horses of the Myrmidon grazed upon.
- Approximately 95% of celery is water.
- Celery is full of Vitamin K. In fact, it provides about a third of a person’s recommended intake of this vitamin.
- Vitamin K is needed for helping wounds heal, blood clotting, and keeping bones healthy.
Observing National Fresh Celery Month
This month is absolutely the month to enjoy celery. This can be done by adding cut celery into soups, stews, and other dishes. It can also be enjoyed with peanut butter and raisins — a snack that’s whimsically known as ants on a log.
Celery can also be used in mixed drinks as a garnish or worked into salads. We encourage everyone observing this month to let us know how they’re working celery into their daily diet by using the hashtag #NationalFreshCeleryMonth.