03 December 2022

Orange Peel Tea - Cooking With Scraps

Don't throw out orange peels. Chop them up and make a tea that is filled with Vitamin C and is thought to be good for your digestion.

When you peel an orange, what happens to the peel? Maybe you make orange marmalade or candied orange peel, but how much of those do you use?

Perhaps you put the in your compost pile. That is great, but I have something you can do with them before composting.

Make orange peel tea.

Easy to do and requires little hands-on time.

There is more vitamin C in orange peel than the fruit. The tea is also thought to benefit your digestive system.

You can also use tangerine/mandarin orange peel.

Here's how I do it.

To make orange peel tea:

  1. Chop orange peel into 1/4 inch pieces. You can use fresh peel or dried.
  2. Put peel in a pan. For each 2 tablespoons of fresh / 1 tablespoon of dried peel, add 1 cup water.
  3. Bring to a boil, then turn off heat.
  4. Let steep one hour.
  5. Strain out peel.
  6. Drink warm or at room temperature.
  7. You can refrigerate the leftovers for a few days, or freeze for later use.

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