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Do you strip away the strings on the outside of celery before eating it?

Asked by JLeslie (61784points) 1 month ago from iPhone

Does it matter whether you are eating the celery raw or cooked?

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zenvelo's avatar

Nope. I trim the ends, right below the line where the leaves start, and most of the white part too.

But that’s it, then I fill with almond butter.

filmfann's avatar

Every time.

elbanditoroso's avatar

I only like fresh (raw) celery – not cooked.

And no, too much affort to trum the strings. Besides, since i usually dip it in peanut butter, it doesn’t matter.

LuckyGuy's avatar

If I am serving the celery raw with a dip i leave the strings on.
If I am using it to add a soft crunch to a sushi roll, I strip them off.

kritiper's avatar

I don’t eat celery. It’s filler, like raisins.

zenvelo's avatar

Forgive my ignorance, but this question has been bugging me all day.

What strings? I am right now eating a stalk of celery with almond butter, there ain’t no strings. Is this ome kind of east coast string theory? Do we in California get stringless celery? Thses aren’t string beans!

KNOWITALL's avatar

No, I love it just the way it is. With peanut butter or an onion/cream cheese dip. Yum.

jca2's avatar

@zenvelo: If you tear it the long way, it can be fibrous, like strings.

cheebdragon's avatar

I didn’t realize they could be removed, lol.

filmfann's avatar

Use a potato peeler.

YARNLADY's avatar

No, I don’t see the point.

SnipSnip's avatar

No, but the rest of my family does.

JLeslie's avatar

I’ll answer my question.

I never used to, and one day my MIL commented that I don’t remove them, and she found that unusual. I never even thought to do it before her comment. I didn’t know it was a thing. Now, I pull of a few sometimes, but very little.

I just became curious if most people were similar to my MIL in how they prepared celery.

@filmfann Do you use a peeler? You can just grab them at the top of a piece of celery with a knife and pull them off.

Brian1946's avatar

No, because I prioritize fiber in my diet.

JLeslie's avatar

Additionally, I sometimes put the celery leaves in salads. I throw them away most often, always seems like a shame, but they can be used in salads and to flavor soups.

Brian1946's avatar


“Me too!”

Because you’re the one who inspired me to swallow cherry pits, I know you do too.

jca2's avatar

@Brian1946: Great memory! Cherry pits and watermelon seeds!

Kardamom's avatar

No. It never occurred to me to attempt that. It’s part of what makes celery celery.

Pandora's avatar

Sure do. Especially when I put it in a tuna salad. I hate it when you can’t tell if the string is celery or hair. But I don’t use a peeler. I cut at the bottom of the stalk and then with a knife I peel the edges up and grab a few strings at a time and pull them off.

Forever_Free's avatar

Have people become so fickle on food that this matters?

I have never ever stripped the collenchyma tissue. If I don’t want that texture in a specific dish, I buy celery hearts.

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