Plants need water for photosynthesis. It reaches the leaves through tubes called xylem. Try this activity and see how it happens.
you will need:
3 sticks of celery, leaves still attached (you can add this to your Riverford order if it isn’t already in your box)
food colouring – you could try red, orange and green
1. Break off 3 sticks of celery, keeping the leaves on.
2. Put each stick in a glass of water, adding a different colour to each glass. You’ll only need a few drops.
3. Watch and see what happens over the next few days. When you slice through the stem you’ll see the xylem coloured with the food colouring.
In this week’s video, Kirsty talks about celery, beetroot and beans.
what’s what in the box – 13th september 2010
Sometimes the stalks are tougher on the outside, but you can peel these parts with a peeler. You can eat celery raw, but if you are going to cook it, here is a recipe for celery, tomato and bean salad.
You can also try slicing it up with onions, carrots, leeks, put it all in a casserole dish, then
Another way of cooking it is by chopping up onions, carrots, leeks, put it all in a casserole dish, then cooking for 8-10 minutes before adding the celery and stock, vinegar and herbs. Bake at 160˚C for about 20 minutes.
If you have kids who really hate the beetroot, try our beetroot crisps.
Try our recipe from one of our Riverford Cooks for roast green beans and red peppers.