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Celery Water

I thought I’d grown too much celery this year, but now I wish I had more. That’s because our friend Barbara, who happened to be visiting when I was musing on said celery, taught me how to make an easy, super-hydrating summer celery drink.

Barbara lives and works at the magical Hui Ho’olana retreat center on the island of Moloka’i, where they grow and prepare their food with a kind of love and care I’ve rarely experienced anywhere else. When I get a tip from any of my friends there — even concerning something as mundane as celery water — I pay attention. They make this drink out of their garden celery that is perhaps not beautiful enough to serve their guests.

The fresh, lemony celery flavor is lovely, and all that good celery stuff — minerals and whatnot, plus a pinch of sea salt, will help you stay nourished in the heat. I’ve been drinking it nonstop for the past few days.

So. Got celery? Get yourself a big jar (I use a two-quart mason jar) and do this:

Summertime Celery Water

1 bunch celery
pinch sea salt
lemon juice
sweetener of choice (optional)

1) Wash the celery. Cut off the butt end and leafy tops.

2) Loosely pack the jar with a handful of celery stalks.

3) Fill the jar with good water, add a pinch of sea salt, a big squeeze of lemon juice and, if you like, some sweetener to taste. (So far I’ve done mine without sweetener and I love it.)

4) Store the jar in the fridge and refill as needed. You can use the same celery for quite a long time before replacing it; mine has been keeping for about week and a half before I have to change it.

That’s it. Except there’s always one more photo. The reason we go to Moloka’i every year is because Stewart teaches a process painting workshop there. He travels a lot for his work and always brings home a big bag of color-splotched rags to be washed and dried. Our deck garden was festooned with them when I went out to collect the celery for this post.

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  • Reply Julia July 28, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    I love love love this. This is the kind of thing that makes me so happy. I'm going to go right out and get some celery. And maybe I won't be so afraid to grow celery next year! And, of course, who doesn't love some laundry line action?

  • Reply Shae | Hitchhiking to Heaven July 28, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Ha! Jules, I kinda posted this one for you. I was thinking, who would want this? Then I thought, Jules would! Plus, it's been so hot where you are. I have truly been loving this drink. I can't believe I crave something that involves celery.

  • Reply Denise | Chez Danisse July 28, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    What a great idea. I just wish I had my own celery growing in my own garden…

  • Reply Shae | Hitchhiking to Heaven July 29, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Denise, I know you will have your own big garden again someday. Do you have any gardening space in the city?

  • Reply Denise | Chez Danisse July 30, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Just a few succulents and a Tillandsia in my bay window…

  • Reply Kate August 6, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I do this with cucumbers and it's wonderful!

  • Reply Shae | Hitchhiking to Heaven August 9, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Denise, I wish you good ground space before too long — though I always enjoy reading about the rich life you create with what you have. Your life reads like a garden even if you don't have one in the ground right now.

    Kate, yes! These simple flavored waters are so refreshing. The celery was a surprise for me.

  • Reply Melissa April 3, 2012 at 6:01 am

    This looks amazing! I think we’re in for a very long, hot summer here in Florida! But that’s the norm for us. I love water and this looks especially delicious and refreshing. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Christopher March 9, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    I got this recipe from a friend at a hotel I used to work at, minus the lemon and sea salt. Perhaps I will try your recipe, great stuff thanks!

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