Written By: Owennie Lee, RD
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It is probably fair to say that celeriac is one of the most ignored root vegetables in North America. Also known as celery root, soup celery, celery knob, and turnip rooted celery, celeriac is a special type of celery that was originally grown in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, and is still a popular ingredient for Europeans. Roughly the size of a turnip, celeriac has a large, bulbous root that is covered with thick, rough skin that is marked by brown patches. Its unglamorous appearance does not do its flavor justice – its crisp texture, as well as its celery and parsley-like flavor, is a great addition to any dish that goes well with celery. As celeriac’s peak season starts from October through April, it is now the time to enjoy this relatively lower-carb root vegetable and reap its nutritional benefits.
Nutrition Facts for Celeriac
- 1 cup of raw celeriac provides:
- Calories: 66 kcal
- Fat: 0.2 g
- Carbohydrates: 14.4 g
- Fiber: 2.8 g
- Net Carb: 11.6 g
- Protein: 2.3 g
- Potassium: 468 mg
- Calcium: 67 mg
- Vitamin K: 64 ug
- Glycemic Index (GI): 35 (Low)
Compared to other root vegetables, such as potatoes and carrots, celeriac is very low in calories, as it is only 5-6% starch by weight. Celeriac has a net carb of 11.6 grams and glycemic index value of 35, making this low-carb root vegetable can therefore be used in place of other starchy root vegetables for people with diabetes. Celeriac is an excellent source of vitamin K (providing 80% DV in one cup), rich in potassium, and is also a good source of calcium.
How To Pick Celeriac At The Stores
It is best to pick celeriac with small to medium-sized roots, which tend to be more flavorful and less fibrous. Although the stalks and leaves are usually not eaten, the sprouting green tops should be bright green and the root part should not have brown soft spots. Celeriac can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week, wrapped in a perforated plastic bag with its stalks and leaves removed.
Ways to Include More Celeriac in Your Diet
- Raw celeriac can be julienned and added to any salad to add crunch.
- You can bake the entire celeriac with its skin, and enjoy its delicious inner flesh.
- Cooked and mashed celeriac can be served as a side dish.
- Celeriac can be sliced and cooked as an accompaniment to an entrée. Pureed celeriac can be added to stews, casseroles, and soups.
Owennie is a registered dietitian with a soft spot for chocolate and coffee. She is a believer in balance and moderation, and is committed to keeping healthy eating enjoyable and fun. Owennie received her dietetics training in Vancouver, and is a member of Dietitians of Canada and the College of Dietitians of British Columbia. She has experience in a wide variety of settings, such as clinical nutrition, long-term care and outpatient counseling. Owennie has also worked for a community nutrition hotline and participated regularly as a guest radio host, where she enjoyed sharing her passion and knowledge about food and nutrition with people.