Don’t underestimate the power of celery
Who knew? According to the Farmer’s Almanac, celery is a most underappreciated vegetable. With so many food shows demonstrating the virtues of baby vegetables, heirloom tomatoes and super greens, celery seems to have been relegated to relish trays and the “holy trinity” of Cajun cuisine.
Until the early 20th century, celery had a different reputation. A member of the Umbelliferae family, celery as been around for almost 3,000 years and is related to carrots, parsley, fennel, caraway and anise.
Celery is full of Vitamins A and C and potassium.
The stems also contain coumarin which is good for the heart and blood vessels and has been known to alleviate migraine headaches. Celery also acts as a natural pesticide for the cabbage moth, which seems to dislike the strong smell of celery, and which eats more than just cabbage. This makes celery a great companion plant in any garden.
Celery has always grown wild in the temperate regions of Europe and Asia. The leaves were believed to be good for preventing a hangover, if woven into a wreath and worn on the head while participating in the festivity of the moment. Celery was also popular as a Roman funeral plant and was often used to embellish tombs.
Celery is now grown throughout the United States with 90% of the celery crop coming from California. Celery is currently the second most important salad crop in the United States and is available year-round. So even though we tend to dismiss it lightly as just another vegetable on the party relish tray, don’t underestimate it. Don’t forget the vitamins and other health benefits of celery.
On Friday, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Pharmacist Ben Ramsey from Cornerstone Pharmacy will be at the Benton Senior Wellness and Activity Center to answer any questions regarding medications you are taking or questions about any medication. I especially want to know about drug interactions with over-the-counter drugs like aspirin, allergy medications and foods.
Thank you to Katy Ramsey with Kindred Hospice for coming last Friday for blood pressure checks and sugar monitoring. This is something that we all need to be vigilant about tracking.
Katy will be here the third Friday of each month so if you missed it this month be sure and get yours checked next month.
Each month on the second Thursday and Friday, 60-plus commodities are disbursed at the Center. Volunteers are need to help pack the boxes. If your church, youth group, organization or yourself would be willing to donate a few hours your time once a month to help seniors in our community, please contact Sherry Parsons at 501-776-0255.
Monday – The Country Ramblers Band will play at 9 a.m. for your listening pleasure and a little boot scootin’ if you are so inclined.
Wildcats will host the BBB team from West Central at 9 a.m.
Volleyball practice will begin at 12:30 p.m.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibily) will be held at 5 p.m.
Tuesday – Bus leaves for the farmer’s market at 8:30 a.m.
At 9:30 a.m., PEPPI Exercise and Move with Balance will be held.
Gospel singing will begin at 10 a.m. and everyone is welcome to share a song or just sing along.
Volleyball practice is set to begin at 12:30 p.m.
A sign language class is offered at 12:30 p.m.
At 7 p.m. each Tuesday, a different band will play for your listening and dancing pleasure. The band for this week is Straight Country. Tickets are $5. PLEASE REMEMBER THE RULES FOR THE DANCE.
Wednesday – At 9 a.m. Harmonicas for Health will be held. Harmonicas and music are provided. All you have to do is show up. Not only are you learning something new, it is a great way to help your breathing.
Bingo starts at 10 a.m. Great way to spend a morning and you can practice for bingo at Chick-fil-a on Thursday.
A genealogy course will be given at 12:30 p.m.
Volleyball practice will begin at 12:30 p.m.
Intro to Windows 10 will be held at 1:30 p.m.
Thursday – PEPPI Exercise and Move with Balance will begin at 9 a.m.
Monthly birthday party will be held at 10 a.m.
Volleyball practice and Intro to Computers will each begin at 12:30 p.m.
Intro to Computers will begin at 12:30 p.m.
Friday – Bus will leave for yard sales at 8:15 a.m.
Old Country will entertain us from 9 to 11 a.m. If you dance by the camera you just might find yourself on TV showing off your dancing skills. Sort of like a senior version of American Bandstand or Steve’s Show.
Line Dancing will be held at 1 p.m.
Each day, a delicious, hearty meal is served. For ages 60 plus, a $3 donation is requested. For those 59 and younger, there is a charge of $8. If you want a take-out plate the charge will be $8 as well.
Monday – Kielbasa, fried potatoes, cabbage, cornbread, tropical fruit and milk.
Tuesday – Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, wheat bread, pineapple upsidedown cake and milk.
Wednesday – BBQ chicken, corn on cob, potato salad, wheat bread, bread pudding and milk.
Thursday – Breaded fish, oven fries, coleslaw, whole wheat bread, chocolate cake and milk.
Friday – Chili dog with bun, sweet potato tots, fresh fruit cup, cookie and milk.
The Center is open each day from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Come join in a game of dominos, working a puzzle, a rowdy game of bean bag ball, a game of pool, volleyball or maybe researching something on our computers.