Who wouldn’t want to have an orange for a healthy snack? Oranges are known to have plenty of health benefits together with their juicy, delicious taste. Usually, people eat the flesh of this fruit and just throw the peels away. To save these peels and not put them into waste, there are plenty of ways to use them. From air fresheners and hair conditioners to jams and teas, there are numerous ways to enjoy the benefits of orange peels.
Orange Peel Tea and Its Benefits
One of the easiest ways to enjoy the health benefits of orange peels is by making tea. Making orange peel tea is easy and anyone can do it at home. This healthy tea is simple, yet it can surprise one with the slew of health benefits it gives.
- Anti-aging – Orange peels are rich in flavonoids and vitamin C which help the body fight early signs of aging.
- Lowers cholesterol levels – It has hesperidin, a compound known to metabolise lipids in the blood which lowers blood cholesterol levels.
- Natural intestinal fiber – Pectin is a natural fiber found in orange peels. It aids in digestion and protects one from stomach problems.
- Fights infection – Orange peels are rich in vitamin C and other vitamins which help boost the immune system.
- Weight loss – Orange peel tea helps boost metabolism, increase energy and remove fats from the body.
Things Needed in Making Orange Peel Tea
If you want to experience the natural goodness of homemade orange peel tea, here’s what you will need to prepare one:
- Any sweetener of your choice
- A casserole
How to Make Orange Peel Tea
- Peel the oranges and slice them into strips.
- Let them dry in under sun light.
- When the peels are dry, slice them into small pieces. You are now ready to make your own orange peel tea.
- Boil water in a casserole.
- Add some dried orange peels to boiling water. You can increase the amount of peels if you want a stronger flavour.
- Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Pour the prepared tea into a teacup and add some sweetener if desired.
- Enjoy your relaxing healthy cup of orange peel tea.
Simple isn’t it? With these 8 steps, you can now enjoy the health benefits of orange peels in a cup.
If you like to give your taste buds a little bit of adventure, you must try these orange peel tea variations.
- Cinnamon Orange Tea
This variation is perfect if you want to have a more energetic tea drink. Just add a stick of cinnamon in your warm tea to have a taste.
- Ginger Orange Tea
You can try this by simply adding a slice of ginger to your prepared tea. It’s the perfect way to soothe an upset stomach.
- Orange Peel Green Tea
Add a teaspoon or a teabag of green tea for a more relaxing version of orange peel tea.
- Spicy Orange Peel Tea
Just add coriander seeds, pepper, star anise, or any spice of your choice to have a more fun tea experience.
- Orange Peel Chai
Just add milk, black tea, cinnamon, and cardamom to the basic orange peel tea ingredients to have an exotic blend of orange tea and Indian milk tea.
Foods Best Paired with an Orange Peel Tea
Tea is a versatile drink and can be paired with almost any food. The important thing is that the flavors complement each other as you enjoy them.
Chocolate is best paired with orange peel tea as the rich flavor of chocolate complements the lightness of tea. You can also pair this tea with any dish as long as they have a rich, full flavor that contrasts with the tea’s mild taste.
Claire works in marketing team at Brillopak, a premium quality food packing machine and palletising machine manufactures in United Kingdom. In a former life, Claire worked as a content specialist and she loves writing, reading & cooking.