- The oldest record of the word celeri is in a 9th-century poem written in France or Italy, giving the medicinal uses (instead of food uses) and merits of the plant.
- The late 17th and early 18th centuries in Italy, France, and England saw the first evidences of improvement of the wild type. Gardeners also found that much of the too-strong flavor could be eliminated, making the stalks better for salad use, by growing the plants in late summer and fall, then keeping them into the winter.
- By the mid-18th century in Sweden, the wealthier families were enjoying the wintertime luxury of celery that had been stored in cellars. From that time on, its use as we know it today spread rapidly.
- Celery plants don’t like hot weather at all. The crop will thrive only where the winters are mild, or where the summers are relatively cool, or where there’s a long, cool growing period in the fall.
- Celery is an excellent source vitamin K, which helps heal cuts and supports the immune system!
- Celery is also known to promote relaxation and sleep and act as a digestive aid.
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