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Ingredient of the week: Celery

 Celery is one of the ingredients in the Bloody Mary drink and in the popular KFC secret spice sauce (Shutterstock)

Around the world, celery is eaten as a vegetable. Most people eat just the stalks, but the leaves and seeds are also edible and beneficial.

Celery is loaded with minerals like calcium, sodium, copper, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium and contains fatty acids and vitamins including vitamin A, C, E, D, B6, B12 and vitamin K.

That's not all; celery is high in riboflavin, folic acid and fibre.

The leaves which are strongly flavoured are used mostly as flavouring in soups and stews or as a dried herb. When dried, they can be used to make celery salt.

Celery salt is a combination of salt and celery seeds, ground together.

Would you believe, it is one of the ingredients in the Bloody Mary drink and in the popular KFC secret spice sauce?

The seeds yield a valuable volatile oil used in the perfume and pharmaceutical industries.

If you are working towards losing weight, snacking on celery stalk would be the way to go. Celery is low in calories and is full of water and fibre.

Celery costs between Sh100 and Sh200 depending on the size.

The smaller the size, the tastier it is. It is available in major supermarkets and grocery markets.

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