Each month, we want to highlight a delicious and healthy food that’s In Season. Thankfully, Linda LaRue, creator of the new, total-body core workout specialty resistance-tubing system The Core Transformer, is a big-time foodie and loves to share facts on what’s in season along with recipes of how to enjoy it best. So read on for her tasty pick for January: celery root! —Jenn
Celery Root Nutrition Facts
If you’re concerned about cutting carbs in the New Year, you may want to consider substituting celery root for mashed potatoes. Coming in at only 8 grams of carbohydrates per cup versus a whopping 24 grams per cup (raw—cooked is 29 grams per cup…yikes!), celery root’s carb stat is a compelling attention-getter. Although homely in appearance, celeriac—commonly called celery root—is a root vegetable that has a delicate blended taste of celery and parsley with a slight hint of nuttiness. It is extremely low in cholesterol and is a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium and manganese, and a great wintertime source of vitamin C and phosphorus.
Celery root is often available year-round, especially in temperate climates, but is at its best in the cooler months of late fall, winter, and into early spring. Its flesh is crispy when raw and becomes silky-smooth when cooked. So even though you may consider celery root to be the ugly sister that nobody wanted to invite to the prom, if you’re serious about drastically cutting carbs and calories, you may want to reconsider inviting her to your dinner party.
How to Buy and Store Celery Root
Look for celery roots that feel heavy for their size. If any green stalks on the top of the root are present, they should be fresh looking—not dried out or wilted. Celery root is difficult to peel because of its tough skin and its many nooks and crannies, so look for specimens with a smooth exterior.
Since celeriac is a root vegetable, it stores well and for a long time as long as it is kept in cool dark place. Keep it loosely wrapped in plastic in the vegetable bin of your fridge, and it will last up to a few weeks.
How to Use Celery Root
Celery root needs to be peeled. Remove the entire slightly hairy brown exterior to reveal the creamy, solid flesh inside. I recommend using your sharpest knife that has heft, as a small peeling knife will not work well.
One of my favorite ways to prepare this vegetable is the Celery Root Purée recipe you see below!
Who else loves celery root? Anyone going to try this celery root purée? It’s delish! —Linda