Eat Me, I'm Ugly

It’s not pretty but it sure is healthy… so let’s get to the root of it. Celery Root that is. 

Also known as celeriac, this winter-friendly root (I’m talking to you, Southern Hemisphere) is a low-cal, high-volume veggie you need to start cooking with now. 

It’s packed with bone-strengthening vitamin K (some new research even suggests the big K may limit neuronal damage in the brain of Alzheimer's disease patients), blood-friendly iron and disease-fighting vitamin C.

And (like its root pals, the parsnip and carrot) it hosts anti-cancer qualities thanks to its fibrous being and many poly-acetylene anti-oxidants such as falcarinol,falcarindiol, panaxydiol, and methyl-falcarindiol which research scientists at the University of Newcastle at Tyne found possess anti-cancer properties.

  

Fact: The Euros have been cooking with this root vegetable, that tastes a bit like a mix of parsley and celery, since ancient times: It’s mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey as selinon.

Bake These... 

Roasted Celery Root Chips

Heat your oven to between 180 C or 350 F

Slice the root in half and then into quarters and keep cutting until you have thinly sliced portions

Coat in olive oil – or coconut oil with a little chilli oil to add bite

Sprinkle with sea salt

Roast in a pan (lined with baking paper) until chips are a deep golden brown – don’t let them get too dark though. 

Cool and snack!

 

Tip: buy this this ugly brown betty organic – unfortch it’s on the high pesticide list