I have saved orange peels for baking for years!
I like to mince them and keep a jar in the freezer for adding to cookies, pancakes
or my morning shake!
Lately I have also been air drying minced orange peel, and storing it in a small mason jar.
A little bit of orange peel is all you need to zest up a cookie, muffin or pancake recipe!
I recently found out that research shows:
1 tablespoon (6 grams) of orange peel provides 14% of the daily value of vitamin C — nearly 3 times more than the inner fruit. The same serving also packs about 4 times more fibre!
This discovery blew my mind! So now I have even more reason to add a little orange peel to my daily food intake!
Studies have also shown that diets high in vitamin C and fibre benefit heart and digestive health and may protect against certain types of cancer.
Orange peel contains Vitamins: A, folate, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin B6, and calcium.
It’s rich in plant compounds called polyphenols, which help prevent and manage many chronic conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, obesity and Alzheimer’s.
Other studies have found that the total polyphenol content in orange peels are significantly higher than in the actual fruit.
Orange peels are a good source of polyphenols hesperidin and polymethoxyflavones, both of which are being studied for their potential anticancer effects.
Additionally, nearly 90% of the essential oils in orange peels are made up of limonene, a naturally-occurring chemical that has been studied for its anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties, including against skin cancer!
There are a ton of other home uses for orange peel, such as:
Home made citrus infused household cleaner:
Fill a glass container with orange peels (Any citrus peels will work).
Pour white vinegar to cover the peels. (2 peels for large oranges works in one mason jar).
Close container tightly and place in dark place for 2 weeks.
Strain out the peels, Add 50% water and your cleaner is ready to use!
An old spray bottle or dish detergent bottle works well.
More uses for orange peel:
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