Unlike other, more mainstream vegetables, celery is somewhat of an unsung hero of the super veg world. Normally, people only tend to view it as something to use in dips, or as a low calorie snack. However, there is much more depth to this vegetable than meets the eye, and it adds a lot of well-balanced benefits to our slow juices.
Celery grows long sturdy stalks with leafy ends. Although often depicted and most commonly seen as pale green, celery variants can actually come in a whole myriad of colours, ranging from vibrant gold to deep reds. It belongs to the Umbelliferae family of plants, also sometimes referred to as the carrot family, which also contains parsley, carrots dill and fennel.
There are varieties of wild celery, all belonging to the same family, that have grown for thousands of years all over the world. What we would consider to be common celery today was first cultivated in Europe, dating as far back as 1000 BC. It was used as both a culinary and medical plant, with evidence suggesting that it spread to Egypt where it was used for its medical properties, and in Greece where it was given to successful athletes as a reward. Although it is not as widely regarded to this day, its health benefits still remain – and they are benefits we wanted in our juice.