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Orange peel has more nutrients than the fruit inside. To remove the orange peel you can use a sharp knife, a potato peeler, a zester or a fine grater. Cut between the orange peel and the white membrane and make sure that you remove as little white membrane as possible - as this is very bitter. Chop the thin orange peel into tiny pieces using a chef’s knife on a cutting board.
Orange peel is edible, although it may be difficult to digest; it is advisable to use organic oranges if you are going to eat the peel as there may be insecticides and other chemicals on the outside. Always wash, clean and dry the peel before consuming it or making juice or tea.
Orange peels contains lots of nutrients, fibre, flavonoids, vitamins A, B6, B5 and C, calcium, copper, magnesium, riboflavin, thiamine, niacin and foliate. Flavonoids are compounds found in many foods, they are known to have anti-hypertensive and anti-inflammatory effects which relieve pressures on the heart.
For best results choose oranges with a thin skin. Orange peel can be used as an air freshener, bath oil, as a healthy food, mosquito repellent, mix orange peel and salt in boiling water as a cure for hangovers, bad breath, helps improve blood circulation, helpful in reducing constipation, heartburn and gas, and for Skincare as a facemask or face wash, treating dandruff and helping hair strength.
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