Perk It Up With A Citrus Peel


Living in a world of abundance today, we are quick to throw away things. Used to seeing certain parts of food as waste or scrap, we tend to overlook their myriad culinary possibilities. This is exactly the case with citrus peels, the understated nutritional powerhouses that can be used into anything from tea to candies. Their versatility and virtues still beg to be explored!

A fresh hit of citrus peel into your food is enough to help you garner rich health rewards. Apart from sprucing up your food, they are sure to give your menu a nutritional boost. According to Medical Herbs and Spices, citrus peels have previously been known for their high Vitamin C and their health benefits. The high source of dietary fibre in it is also capable of cutting off colon cancer risks.

Bright and refreshing, citrus peels can be used extensively in sweet and savoury dishes alike. When your food implores for something bright and light, turning to these is the solution! They will help you lighten fried food by sneakily slipping some citrus zest into the batter. You can also dry the peels in a dehydrator or in the sunlight and then use them as Vitamin C powder that can be sprinkled on smoothies or used as homemade vitamins.

These versatile ingredients can be used in salad dressing, as a dip for the baguette, as a sauce for pasta, to marinate goat cheese or mozzarella or even to sauté prawns in a bit of it. Dessert indulgences using citrus peels can entail anything from sinful Chocolate Orange Paleo Cookies to delightful No Bake Chocolate Lemon Dreamballs.

So next time, stop yourself before you toss the citrus peel in the trash and make a place for it in your kitchen instead!

Shagufta Patel

With an academic background in Marketing, Shagufta is also an Image Advisor, Life-Skill Coach and a NLP practitioner with a penchant for writing. She intends to add value as part of the marketing team at ICCA and grow through new experiences. As passionate about food as she is about people, she believes that cultures though diverse across the globe; the one thing that holds common for nations and its folks, is that everyone loves a hearty meal prepared with love and care. Food according to her is the melting pot where all differences just vaporise and she is happy to be part of a culinary potpourri.

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