Celeriac Puree with Sour Cream and Chives
This intimidating root veggie may lack glamour, but pours out a beautiful potato-like texture with a delicate celery flavor. Celeriac, aka celery root, is packed with some serious nutrition and flavor. In this recipe we elevated the delicate celery flavor with sour cream and chives.
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Celery root nutrition facts:
Contains only 15 grams of carbohydrates per cup, making it a great root vegetable for diabetics (1).
Contains apigenin, a compound known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidative and tumor inhibitory properties (2).
Did I mention vitamin C? Yup, this powerhouse veggie is also a great source of the antioxidant vitamin C! Eat 1 cup and have 21% of your daily value covered (1).
Potassium too? You better believe it. This root veggie also brings a whopping 13% (per cup) of the daily value of potassium to the party. Potassium has been shown to help lower blood pressure and may reduce the risk of stroke by 25% (1, 5).
While celery root is a great source of vitamins/minerals; perfect to add to a healthy diet, there are special considerations for those taking certain medications or who have certain conditions:
Due to its high amount of vitamin K, celery root should be eaten with caution if you are taking blood thinners such as Warfarin.
Celery root has a high amount of phosphorus and potassium, making it unsuitable for people on dialysis.
Do not eat large amounts of celeriac during pregnancy as it contains compounds that may stimulate contractions (6).
How to pick the perfect Celery root:
Choose a medium sized (4-5 inches in diameter) celery root as they are less fibrous compared to larger roots
Is it heavy for its size? You got a good one! It is important to avoid celery roots that are hollow. So, choosing one that is heavy is a good way to avoid this.
Avoid celery roots with cracks in the surface
Avoid any with soft spots
How to store a fresh celery root:
Fresh celery root will have a stronger celery taste
Vegetable crisper is your friend: store in a resealable bag.
Fresh, uncut celery root can be stored in the refrigerator for about 10-14 days (7)
How to Prepare Celery root:
Make sure to prepare it right before cooking! Celery root turns brown quickly after cutting (just like its cousin the potato).
If you plan to prepare early or decide to eat it fresh you can place the cut celery root in cold water with a few slices of lemon or few drops of white-wine vinegar.
Rinse and scrub the outside of the celery root to remove and dirt
Peel the outside of the celery root
A potato peeler won’t do the job! You can carefully use a sharp pairing knife to remove the peel.
Slice into 1 inch cubes and you are ready to cook!
Mashed Celery Root
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