Veggie of the Week: Celery

– Celery can grow to be 3 ft tall
– Was once perceived as a cleansing tonic
– Celery is eaten around the world
– In some countries, celery is also grown for its seeds which are a very small fruit that yield a valuable oil used in the perfume and pharmaceutical industries
– Celery, onions, and bell peppers are the “holy trinity” of Louisiana Creole and Cajun cuisine
– It is a myth that celery is a “negative-calorie food”. Eating celery provides positive net calories, with digestion only consuming a small proportion of the calories taken in
– Celery part of a small group of foods, including peanuts, that provoke the most severe allergic reactions
– Celery allergy is most prevalent in Central Europe
– In the European Union, foods that contain or may contain celery, even in trace amounts, must be clearly marked
– Celery leaves were part of garlands found in the tomb of pharoah Tutankhamun who died in 1323 BC
– Celery was being cultivated by Classical times

Buffalo Style Celery Sticks

Buffalo Style Celery Sticks
Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:
1/2 cup blue cheese
1/4 cup cream cheese
6 large celery stalks
Cayenne pepper

Directions:
1. In a small bowl, mix 1/4 cup each of blue cheese and cream cheese until smooth.
2. With a small spoon or knife, stuff 6 large celery stalks, rinsed and dried, with cheese mixture.
3. Crumble another 1/4 cup blue cheese on top, and sprinkle lightly with cayenne pepper.
4. Cut stalks in half, if desired.
5. Enjoy!

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