The United States grows 2 billion pounds of celery every year.
Celery is native to the Mediterranean and Middle east. It was used by ancient Greeks and Romans as an aphrodisiac, as well as a flavoring for food.
The Chinese used is a medicine, for headaches and toothaches, as well as to purify the blood, manage rheumatism, insomnia, high blood pressure, and anxiety.
The celery you purchase in the grocery store is the “Pascal” variety; it was first grown in Michigan starting in the 1870’s.
Chicago Ambassador East Hotel introduced the “Bloody Mary” in the 1960’s; the celery is used to stir the drink.
Sears and Roebuck and Company sold a celery nerve tonic until 1897.
April is National “Fresh Celery Month”