Soooo, I LOVE oranges. Always have. I have been throwing away the peel for 50 years and all of the sudden it occurred to me like an epiphany that they are probably jam-packed full of amazing things! The Vitamin C alone has to be amazing, right? So I threw some fresh mandarin peels in some water and simmered for about 15 minutes and OH. MY. GOODNESS. Where has this been all my life? In the garbage that's where. So foolish. I did some digging and found that drinking Orange Peel Tea with Honey (Espeicially Manuka if you ask me!) a few times a day can actually heal a respiratory infection all on it'sown. That is incredible! Some more digging led me to the wonderful info below from Healthline. com.
I used the entire fresh peel of two mandarins, pith and all (no, it did not taste bitter, I promise!) but you can also dry the orange peel for tea in order to store it. For dried use a peeler to harvest mostly just the orange part and cut into this strips. Dry in the oven set at 200 degrees for about 20 minutes. Store in a jar then steep 1 T in boiling water for 15 minutes. Add some honey, herbs or a cinnamon stick and enjoy hot or cold!
It’s perhaps less well known that orange peels are also rich in several nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, and plant compounds like polyphenols.
In fact, just 1 tablespoon (6 grams) of orange peel provides 14% of the Daily Value (DV) of vitamin C — 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 provitamin A, folate, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin B6, and calcium.
Plus, it’s rich in plant compounds called polyphenols, which may help prevent and manage many chronic conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, and Alzheimer’s.
One test-tube study found that the total polyphenol content and activity in orange peels was significantly higher than in the actual fruit.
Specifically, orange peels are a good source of the polyphenols hesperidin and polymethoxyflavones (PMFs), both of which are being studied for their potential anticancer effects.
Additionally, nearly 90% of the essential oils in orange peels are made up of limonene, a naturally-occurring chemical that has been studied for its anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties, including against skin cancer. (Click here for original article and sources.)