Celery has a mild, earthy, slightly peppery taste. The base to many dishes and an element of the French flavour base called mirepoix – a combination of onion, carrot and celery generally cut to the same size. It’s used in a ratio that’s 2 parts onion to 1 part celery and carrot.
Although celery has a high water content, it contains numerous vitamins and minerals, including potassium and calcium which are important for heart health. It also contains folate and vitamin K, both of which are required for the formation of red blood cells and effective blood clotting. Celery is also a good source of protective plant compounds called flavonoids which have anti-inflammatory and protective effects on the cardiovascular system. Diets high in fibrous foods like celery are associated with a lower risk of heart disease.