History and Facts:
Celery originated in the Mediterranean countries. The early plants were very primitive and were used primarily for medicinal purposes, such as sedatives. The first use of celery as a food was for flavoring and was recorded in France in 1623. Celery grows wild in wet places all over Europe. Florida is one of the top areas for commercial production of celery today.

Nutritional Value:
Celery is a low calorie snack that doubles as a good source of roughage. It provides useful amounts of vitamins A and C, and folic acid. Celery is also an excellent tooth cleanser.

Celery should be stored at 34 degrees fahrenheit, with relative humidity of 85 percent. Celery should be handled carefully and should never be stacked more than four high. Always insure that celery stalks are in an upright position in the crate.

November through June

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