Benefits of the Orange Peel

Fresh Picked Oranges

Orange zest is a way to bring orange flavor to a dish without the bitterness that whole orange peel can bring.

The zest is the outer part of the peel and can be shaved from the fruit with the use of a zester (very fine shavings) or cheese grater (shavings are a bite larger).

The use of zest not only adds the most aromatic part of the orange fruit to your dish, it does so unobtrusively.

But consuming the whole peel has benefits.

Health Benefits of the Orange Peel

Orange peels, including lemons, limes, grapefruit, clementines, or any of your other favorite citrus fruits can be used in their entirety.

Just 1 tablespoon of orange peel provides 14% of the Daily Value (DV) of vitamin C, which is nearly 3 times more than the inner fruit. The same serving also packs about 4 times more fiber.

Studies show that diets high in vitamin-C and fiber benefit heart and digestive health and may protect against certain types of cancer.

Orange peel also contains good amounts of vitamin A, folate, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin B6, and calcium

Orange Almond Cake

Orange peel is rich in plant compounds called polyphenols, which may help prevent and manage many chronic conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, and Alzheimer’s disease (Frontiers In Nutrition).

One study showed the total antioxidant activity of a chemical called polyphenol was significantly higher in the peel than in the actual fruit (PNFS).

Orange Cranberry Muffins

Orange peels are a good source of the specific polyphenols called hesperidin and polymethoxyflavones (PMFs), both of which are being studied for their potential anticancer effects.

Hesperidin is found only in the pith of the peel. The chemical had shown in studies to maintain a healthy blood pressure.

Grilled Chicken and Orange Skewers

Nearly 90% of the essential oils in orange peels are composed of limonene, a naturally occurring chemical that has been studied for its anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties, including against skin cancer (PubMed).

They can be candied, incorporated into beverages, zested over your favorite dishes, or even used to start a summer campfire. If you plan on eating the peel, however, be sure to use organic fruit.

Sweet Tomato Chutney

Sweet Tomato Chutney Where you aware Chutney doesn’t just describe a recipe of mixing tomatoes with spices? There are other references to Chutney, such as Chutney music that was established in the 1940’s Ramdew Chaitoe Albumwithin the temples, wedding houses, and sugar cane fields of the Indo-Caribbean.

The first recorded music did appear until 1968 by musician and music recorder Ramdew Chaitoe, who live in a small South American country named Suriname. The album was entitled King of Suriname and all of the songs were religious in nature.

There is also the Chutney Soca, and type of music according to Wikapedia, and originated in Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and also Suriname.

Chutney soca music is a crossover style of music incorporating Soca elements and Hindi-English lyrics, and Chutney music (as mentioned in the on set of this article) with Indian instruments such as the dholak and dhantal.

But the Chutney we want to make extra special  mention of is a food, and it is called Sweet Tomato Chutney.

According to Food Reference,  chutney original is from India (Hindi: chatni), and is prepared as a relish made from fresh fruits and spices. They go on to mention that Chutney is almost accompanied with every meal in India.

The relish can be fresh or cooked, and is prepared with varying flavors, ranging from sweet or sour, spicy or mild, or any combination of these.

Chutney  can be thin or chunky, and can be prepared with fruits or vegetables or a combination of both.

The different types of ingredients used can be mango, apples, pears, tamarind, onions, lemon, tomato, raisins, coconut, vinegar, sugar, honey, citrus peel, garlic, ginger, mint, turmeric, cinnamon, cilantro, and hot chilies.

There is a variety of ways to prepare chutney. It really just depends on what your palate prefers.

Here is the version from the kitchen of Splendid Recipes and More….

Here is what you will need:

– All organic ingredients used –

4 medium Roma tomatoes, diced

4 medium Orange tomatoes, dice

1 large sweet onion, diced

3 gloves garlic, minced

1-2 tsp. pie spice

1 tsp. salt, preferably Himalayan salt

2 tbsp. olive oil

The orange type of tomato we used was the Woodle Orange Heirloom Tomato, which we purchased at the Whole Foods Market.

preparing in a pan over medium heat the Sweet Tomato ChutneyOver medium heat using a ceramic coated pan heat the oil.

Next add onions, garlic, spice, and sauté for 2 minutes.  Next add the diced tomatoes, salt and sugar.

Mix to combine. Leave on heat another 2 to 4 minutes, while stirring tomato mixture.

Cooling in a large ceramic mising bowl - Sweet Tomato Chutney

 

Remove from heat and pour mixture into a large mouthed mixing bowl, preferably ceramic,and allow chutney to cool.

Homemade Italian Bruschetta AppetizerChutney goes will topped over Bruschetta as shown here in the image.

Sweet Tomato ChutneyAfter the chutney has cooled, spoon into mason jars, top with lids, and tighten. Keep refrigerated.

 

 

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