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June 8, 2016 at 2:48 pm

Celery or Kintsay

Celery or Kintsay

Have you been eating this kind of aromatic veggie? We call this in our country as “kintsay“.

I have been eating celery for three weeks now. When I am running out of stock, I wait for Saturday which is our market to buy it. I buy one plant or bunch which consists of four or five stalks and it costs Php170 ($4). It is rarely grown in our place. It comes from Baguio province in Luzon and I live in the Negros Island. It is too far from us. We have to travel by sea or by air.

I eat it in the morning during lunch or at night during dinner. I chop it into pieces and mix with a spoonful of honey.

I was able to secure it for I happened to reach from the Internet the amazing nutrients and healthful value it may give to the consumer. Celery is rich with elements that reduce inflammation in the body. It has several antioxidants. These are the benefits I get from its stalk.

Celery leaves are also rich in vitamins to boost my body resistance against diseases.

June 8, 2016 at 9:52 pm

Celery is a staple for us in our house. I have two children who love to munch on it raw, and we include the aromatic in many of the foods we cook too. I can often go through two or more big bunches of celery in a week, and if I am doing a lot of cooking I will ask my husband to bring four bunches at once.

June 8, 2016 at 9:57 pm

Sorry, having issues with my computer this morning & I ended up putting the comment in the wrong place…

June 9, 2016 at 5:58 pm

@ruby3881, that’s alright. In fact, I wasn’t able to read what you’ve written here when you said it was misplaced. By the way, from where are you? It is good for your that celery is your staple food. Here in our place, it is too scarce. If you could find one, it is too dear. It costs exorbitant. As I have mentioned, it is about $4 a whole plant. I don’t know its weight for I bought by the kilo. By the way, do you grow it? Or buy in the mall or market?

June 9, 2016 at 10:37 pm

@nakitakona13 No, you wouldn’t have been able to read the comment here because I deleted it and left the other remark in its place. It was a comment I meant to add to a post, and I got a little lost when my browser shut down unexpectedly!

I am in Canada. Some people here will grow celery, but mostly because they have caught the recent trend for regrowing vegetables from the ends that most people throw away. I don’t think it’s a very common addition to most people’s vegetable gardens, perhaps because it’s perceived as difficult to grow.

I don’t even think I’ve ever seen celery on offer at the farmer’s market, come to think of it. Our celery usually comes from the grocery store. The bunch costs about $4 here as well. Sometimes it’s a nicer, fuller bunch with longer stalks and fewer leaves at the top. Other times there are a lot of blemishes and fewer, shorter stalks.

The bunches picked for sale at the less expensive of our two grocery stores are obviously harvested prematurely, as they often have many under-developed stalks at the heart of the bunch. I would say that perhaps 1/3 of each bunch at that store is immature stems and leaves, which I mostly set aside for making soup. I prefer to buy the more mature bunches at the premium grocery store. Though they are more expensive by a bit, I get more celery from them!

June 10, 2016 at 5:10 pm

It is very informative of your personal account about this crunchy, aromatic veggie called celery. You’re too lucky to have a source to where to buy that antioxidant stalky plant. I never thought that our small vendor would sell it too for $4. He knows that price for sure not only here in our country the Philippines but also abroad. I have to go to the market early in the morning to get a better bunch of celery and also to catch it up for it is only very limited supply. By the way, I am the only one who eats this. My wife, my children don’t like its strong smell.

June 10, 2016 at 5:58 pm

@nakitakona13  I had written you a lengthy reply about ways to eat celery, but it seems to have gone missing from the thread. I will try to summarize for you:

For your children, try making a snack called “Ants on a Log.” Cut a cleaned rib of celery into two or three shorter pieces and spread the hollow of the rib with creamy peanut butter. Add a few raisins, which will stick to the peanut butter. Children love this treat! You can also try celery spread with cream cheese, or even cream cheese and a little strawberry jam.

For your wife, introduce her to the concept of the French mirepoix. When diced celery is cooked with onion and carrot, it takes away some of the harshness it owes to its saponin content. Similar mixes exist in Italian and Spanish cuisine, and in Cajun cooking it’s the “holy trinity” of celery with bell peppers and onions. We love to make a dish called Jambalaya, which like many Cajun dishes begins with the holy trinity 😀

June 10, 2016 at 6:48 pm

This is a very good suggestion. I will try this for my kids do love eating raisins. I will also suggest this to my wife. We do love eating veggies any time of the day either lunch time or dinner time. Thank you for this, @ruby3881. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 4 months ago by  Gil Camporazo.

June 10, 2016 at 7:42 pm

I wish I could eat celery but I just can’t stand the taste of it.

I stick to eating fruits a lot.  I also eat green beans, peas, and corn a lot to stay healthy.

June 10, 2016 at 8:45 pm

@nakitakona13/

yes, my hubby and I do eat celery but not my kids.

They can’t stand the smell and crunchy taste.

Whenever my MIL or I cook celery with mushrooms and carrots, they would eat up everything except the celery.

We don’t eat raw celery, stir fries are aromatic and delicious with strips of chicken.

 

June 10, 2016 at 9:19 pm

I chop the stalk into pieces (including the leaves) and put a tablespoon of honey. I enjoy eating it and even love its smell, its aroma is so addictive. Every day one stalk if it is too big and too long.

June 10, 2016 at 9:36 pm

I love raw celery and I will just eat it plain or dip it in ranch dressing. I can get a bunch of celery for around $2. I love the inside stalks and the smaller ones. They are so sweet. My daughter has been on a celery kick and will dip a plate of them into ranch as this is her favorite method of eating it. I do not care for it cooked though and will usually pick it out of soups.

June 11, 2016 at 3:59 am

I love celery’s smell in pancit and some viands cooked by my parents. I did not know it is a good antioxidant. I only learned it in here. This is one of my favorite leafy vegetable because of the smell alone and now I learned the healthy benefits, for sure I will be eating this one when it is available at home.

June 11, 2016 at 9:22 am

@grecy  You wouldn’t think that this little vegetable had so much power in it but from what I read it is a very powerful one. It has lots of vitamins and minerals in it and it helps with many ailments. I found this site that you might find interesting if you want to know about celery.

Health Benefits of Celery

June 11, 2016 at 7:18 pm

That is true, @grecy095. @morgoodie is right. Those who consume the celery as a part of their daily foods may gain a lot of benefits for their body. As I have already mentioned, celery is a great source of antioxidant. It lowers the blood pressure. It is a good defense for cancer. It is also a good source of vitamins like C, and B. If it is eaten during dinner, it conditions the body to sleep well. By eating celery, you won’t regret. Its strong smell is nothing compared to the nutrients and benefits anyone may get from eating it.