Today, my son was doing a science experiment. You know the one. Put a piece of celery in a glass of colored water and watch as the color moves up to the top through the veins of the celery. Well, what I was amazed about was the fact that if it’s wilted, it regains it’s crunch. Keep in mind, I don’t really like celery, so I tend to think you can just leave it out if a dish calls for it. I just don’t buy it very much. But my kids do like it, so I’m trying to have it around a little more often for quick healthy snacks for them.
So you can get a piece of celery that is falling over, limp and wilted that looks like this:
To look like this.
|This one is extra leafy because it’s the small inner stalks….but I was impressed how even the leaves came back to life.|
You do need to cut off the end of the stalk first so that it can get as much water through as possible. I know, I’m probably the only one out there in cyberland who didn’t know this, but just in case I’m not, I thought I’d share it with you. So no more throwing that wilted celery out. Got it?
Oh and another tip from my mom. (I should have her write for me once a week, don’t you think?!)
You can cut the end off of celery. This part right here:
Once you cut it off (you need 1-2 inches off the bottom), you put it in a bowl of water and it will start growing a new plant. You can keep eating the leafy stuff off of it if you want or you can wait and once its roots are plentiful, put it in dirt, making sure to keep it moist, and let it get as big as you like. Amazing, huh?
So, please tell me I’m not the only one who didn’t know how to regain a celery’s crunch.