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Don’t judge a celeriac by its cover. This winter vegetable is pretty down right wonderful!
This is a one ingredient recipe… so therefore, I am not even sure it can be classified as a recipe. But it is raw, it is healthy, and there is much to be learned from this simple one ingredient wonder. I have been familiar with celeriac root for about 5 years now. I am sure I have seen in the produce department in the years prior but I kept my distance. It looks like a genetic abomination! I no longer fear strange looking fruits and veggies, heck, I am actually more drawn to them these days. Celeriacis root also known as Celery root. It’s hairy, it’s dirty, it’s full of craters and crevasses that could make any grown man to run for his momma! haha Celeriac is the corm, or the underground starch-storing lower stem of a particular variety of a regular celery plant.
Did you know that the benefits of celery juice include ridding the body of toxins and stimulating kidney function, among many others? Overeating and the wrong kind of diet can place a great strain on the body. pH levels are thrown out of balance, and that disrupts the body’s metabolism and allows harmful toxins to accumulate. That is not a health path to be on. The result can be kidney and bladder problems, a tendency toward kidney stones, gout, rheumatism, and arthritis. The benefits of celery root juice include its action as a diuretic, its ability to help neutralize the pH balance, and its stimulation of the kidneys, which helps rid the body of toxins.
Many people find the benefits of celery root juice extend to a variety of other illnesses as well, including asthma, constipation, fever, fluid retention, headache, inflammation, insomnia, migraines, nervous problems and weight loss. It also provides a significant source of potassium, which is great for a hydrated and healthy skin. The list goes on!
So just what does celeriac juice taste like? The best way I can describe it is, it is similar to the taste of V8 juice, minus the tomato. There is a hint of celery, no doubt about that. It also has a little sweetness to it and can be somewhat compared to a parsnip. Shew, it is rather difficult to describe actually. I go back to the V8 comparison. Both Bob and I agree on that for sure. I provided measurements below but that is just a guideline to show you that it took 1 good-sized celeriac root to create 1/2 cup juice. This will always vary depending on the water content and freshness of your root.
Yields 1/2 cup juice