The celeriac, scientific name Apium graveolens var. rapaceum, is known also as celery root, it is indeed a variety of celery, it belongs to the Apiaceae family and its root, white and with a round shape, can be eaten. This vegetable is a low calorie food but it is rich in fibers, that are important for the bowel function, act against constipation and to counteract hunger. The celeriac contains also vitamins, including vitamin A, C and vitamin B, and mineral salts, especially iron, potassium, selenium, manganese and phosphorus. Celeriac has diuretic properties, that are useful to purify the body and result helpful also against rheumatism, gout and kidney stones. It is a tonic that brings benefit during periods of convalescence or intense stress, moreover, it has digestive and antioxidant properties against free radicals. To get the most benefit from Celeriac you can eat it raw in salads, cut into strips and seasoned with a few drops of lemon to avoid it getting oxidized. Alternatively, you can clean and peel celeriac by removing its outer peel and blend the vegetable with a blender. Drink a glass of juice before the main meals for a deep purifying action on the liver and kidneys. However, be careful during pregnancy, this vegetable indeed may promote uterine contractions, for this reason it is better to avoid or at least limit celeriac in this period.