Celery Seeds: The Many Uses

Celery is one of the world's most popular vegetables. Celery has been around for thousands of years. It is very versatile, can be eaten raw or prepared into a variety of delicious recipes. There are many varieties of this versatile vegetable. Here are some of the more common ones:

Celery seeds

Celery Stalks Wild celery seeds are harvested from the wild in Europe and other parts of the world. The plant grows upright and has three to five leafy segments. It usually has three to five small green leaves and large white flowers. Celery seeds, which can be found on the leaves, are small, tan to whitish, and contain a strong, sweet flavor. The seeds are about the size of a pea, oval to round and black to yellow in color. These seeds can be ground into a flour for a gluten-free oats recipe.

Celery Salt Cured heartburn is sometimes treated by a salty paste that contains celery seeds and vinegar. This can be purchased in any health food store and is available in a package of 24. This cure may be considered an alternative to antacids because it doesn't include stomach acid. A common type of natural medicine for heartburn is saltpeter. Both of these cures should not be used if you have high blood pressure or a heart condition.

Peppermint Cured heartburn is often treated by a mixture of ground fresh celery seeds and cinnamon paste. This can be bought as a package of 24. This cure is good for those who have GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease). It tastes like peppermint and is said to help settle the stomach. It can cause side effects like nausea if taken with medications like aspirin.

Sage The spice of life, sage has been widely used for hundreds of years. In Chinese medicine it is often combined with white radish seeds. It is thought that the seeds contain healing properties and can stimulate the spleen and help fight gallstones. It is widely used in American dishes for flavor and is often substituted for parsley in sauces.

Graveolens There are two herb plants in the spice family: graveolens and rhubarb. They have to be fresh in order to work properly. When they are overripe, they have a bitter taste. People often combine them with apple cider vinegar to make a drink that helps to relive the symptoms of gastritis, a chronic inflammation of the stomach that can be caused by leaky gut syndrome, stress, and ulcers.

Earthy Natives A relative of the celery plant, the earthy natives are slightly less common but can be found growing in both warm and cool weather climates. Earthy flavors tend to come from iodine content. They are mostly consumed as a spice, although some people mix them with lemon or orange juice to make puddings. They do not usually go well with strong citrus juices. Earthy flavors are also found in parsley and thyme.

Hot and Spicy Celery Salt This unique spice is used in Mexican and Indian cuisine. It is made by grinding the seeds, sun dried and then drying in place to make a powder. It can be added to soups, stews, beans and sauces. It goes well with other spicy foods. Hot and spicy foods benefit most of those who eat it, as it adds a little kick to their dishes.

Bloody Marys It is not just the sweet flavor that makes this herb a favorite but it also has an interesting history. The story goes that the wife of the King of England, Mary Queen Elizabeth, was not satisfied with the seafood that was imported into Britain, so one day she decided to make her own. She ground up her favorite seafood ingredient, bloodroot, then mixed it with ground cornmeal and seasoned it with her favorite spices.

Blood Pressure Lowering Properties Celery seeds contain a high concentration of magnesium, which is known to lower high blood pressure. However, it is not recommended to add them to any high blood pressure lowering meals or recipes. For example, it would not make sense to eat a large helping of bloodroot with a meal that contains a lot of high cholesterol foods, such as pastrami. In fact, it may be dangerous. Blood pressure levels should always be checked before consuming any type of seasoning.

To make a delicious recipe using celery seeds, substitute the milk, sour cream, and salt for some of your favorite seasoning. You can make a savory "cheese" soup by substituting the sour cream and white wine for the water and vinegar. This recipe can be made a few different ways. A variation may be to cook the sour cream in the food processor until it is a smooth paste consistency.