Orange peel (Citrus aurantium var. Aurantium)

An orange peel, like the peel of all other citrus fruits, consists of two parts called albedo and flavedo. The albedo is the white, spongy part of the peel and it is located below the orange-colored flavedo. The albedo contains more quality fiber than fiber grains, while the flavedo contains essential oils used in aromatherapy and in perfume industries.

Most people throw out an orange peel automatically not knowing that it is rich in flavors, smells and nutrients. A dehydrated orange peel is a popular way of consuming this part of the fruit, and despite its bitter taste when eaten raw, it can be prepared in various ways, making it all the more palatable. Aromatic oils that can be found in an orange peel are often used for aromatherapy and in the perfume industry. Flowers from an orange tree are also used. Frequent consumption of orange peels improves digestion, speeds up metabolism, and lowers cholesterol. There are also several types of antioxidants present in an orange peel that help alleviate respiratory symptoms such as colds, the flu, bronchitis and even lung cancer. Orange peels are full of minerals, pectins, flavonoids, fibers and phytonutrients and they contain a large amount of vitamins A and C.

Bars often use orange peels as a beverage decoration, where they decorate the rim of the glass or place the orange peel inside the drink itself. The main disadvantage to using the orange peel in this way is its shelf life as well as generating more waste because the orange is not being optimally used and it needs to be thrown out after one or two days if it hasn't been used. A dehydrated orange peel, in addition to having a shelf life of several months, also releases the aroma of the orange into the drink, as well as all the benefits that remain during the drying process.

In addition to the added aroma and beverage decoration that we get from a dehydrated orange peel, we can also make tea and/or eat the orange peel directly for oral hygiene. Orange peels can be added to a variety of sauces and stews, and it is also an ingredient that cannot be left out in the preparation of various desserts and hot drinks such as punch and mulled/spiked wine. The dehydrated peel can be ground into an intense and concentrated powder that can be added to food, drinks and it can even be added to a bath for a refreshing scrub.

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