Edible Fruit and Vegetable Peels
Utilizing Fruit and Vegetable Peels
During food preparation sometimes we discard the edible peels from many of the fruits and vegetables we are using. This is done because we might not know any better. If we are not familiar with consuming the peels of different produce then we wont. Many of the skins are treated as garbage and just thrown into the trash can and then find their way to the landfill. If we have livestock we might feed them the skins or put them on the compost heap.
When we look at different cultures or even our past culture we might see a different way of utilizing what we thought of as disposable. Many parts of a fruit or vegetable is edible. The reason we throw away good food sources is a very interesting subject. This lens will try to show you ways not to waste this type of nutritious food.
Eating Fruit and Vegetable Peels
Peelings Have Plenty of Nutrients
We are aware that fruit and vegetables are good for you. Many of us are aware that peels from fruit and vegetables have plenty of nutrients in them. We are concerned about bacteria like salmonella, listeria, and E-coli. We are also concerned about pesticides and wax. Of course you can buy organic buy locally from trusted growers or grow them yourself and still definitely wash them off.
Many fruits and vegetable skins are eaten without concern. We chomp on apples, peaches and pears raw without peeling them and unless you are like Mae West you don't peel grapes. You shouldn't want to, resveratrol the antioxidant in red wine that makes it healthier comes from...you guessed it...fresh grape skins (purple and red mostly). You can get the benefit even if you don't want to imbibe. Certain dried fruits have the skin on it. Pickles made from cucumbers are not peeled.
Some say they have a problem with peels that are from food that is on the ground. We eat greens like lettuce of all kinds and spinach which are on the ground and we eat them raw. Obviously they have to be washed thoroughly to get the grit out from the leaves.
Washing Your Produce
First wash your hands before handling your raw produce to prevent contaminating them. To wash your raw produce you can use plain running water, a store bought produce or vegetable wash or make one with vinegar and water. Some sources prefer equal parts of each others prefer 2 tablespoonful of vinegar to a pint of water it is a personal choice. The FDA only recommends using water when washing the fruits and vegetables, what you use is your decision.The food with the thicker skin can be scrubbed with a vegetable brush (also called produce brush). Others can be sprayed with a vinegar solution or just water and wiped with your hand or lightly scrubbed. The produce is then rinsed. Now all utensils and the work area used must be washed with hot soap and water maybe with a weak bleach solution. This includes cutting board and brush. Finally wash hands and kitchen gloves if you use them.
Washing helps kill a lot of the bacteria but if you let it sit after that they will start to grow back. Freezing food does not kill all salmonella, listeria or E-coli it just slows down the growth. If food is infected before it is frozen it is still infected when it thaws and the bacteria will resume growing at its normal pace. All it takes is cooking the peel with the rest of the food which kills the bacteria.
Products Associated With Food Peels
Take Poll on Washing Your Produce
Do you wash your raw fruits and vegetables?
Many Uses Citrus Peels
Citrus peels are something folks of different countries have been using for a long time. We use them as zest for baking, soups and stews. We candy them and use them in pastries. We dry them and place them in closets and drawers for the smell. We make them into potpourri. Also we use them as teas. Citrus tea can be mixed with other teas or stand on its own.
You can drink it or use it in bathwater. The recipe usually is to take the fresh or dried rind and steep or boil it in water and served with a sweetener. The dried rind can be mixed with loose tea and put in a tin for future use. The different type of citrus can be mixed to taste. The rinds can be ground up with water and made into a paste. The usage for this is over meats and as face masks.
Holiday Recipes Using Peels
- Holiday Fruit Cake
This holiday fruitcake is made of a rich pound-cake batter that is mixed with dried and candied fruits. The fruits greatly enhance the cake and make it a festive holiday-season dessert. The cake can also be cut into tiny pieces and served as petits f
- HOLIDAY FRUIT CANDIES
Satisfy that holiday sweet tooth with honeyed fruit candies. These make great snacks, or use in your holiday baking.
- Holiday Lime Cooler Cookies (Cookie Exchange Quantity)
Ring in the holidays with the refreshing and cool taste of citrus cookies.
- Pickled Pumpkin Rind
Recipe with pumpkin
- CANDIED APPLES
recipes for candy apples
- Grape Skin Compound Fights The Complications Of Diabetes
Research carried out by scientists at the Peninsula Medical School in the South West of England has found that resveratrol, a compound present naturally in grape skin, can protect against the cellular damage to blood vessels caused by high production
- An Apple Peel A Day Might Keep Cancer At Bay
Cornell researchers have identified a dozen compounds -- triterpenoids -- in apple peel that either inhibit or kill cancer cells in laboratory cultures.
- What Fruit Peel Do You Eat?
A survey conducted by the UK Food Standards Agency (to help judge if eating fruit peel should be taken into account how much pesticide residue people are likely to get from the food that they eat) revealed that one in five UK adults regularly snack o
- Mango peel extract shows functional food potential
Mango peel extract, a by-product of the mango processing industry, offers a rich and inexpensive source of antioxidants for use in nutraceuticals and functional foods, says new research from India.
- Mangoes ( Peel Utilisation)
Mango peel has been researched as a dietary fibre and natural antioxidant source.
- Fruit of the Month: Kiwi
You can eat the fuzzy skin on the outside of the kiwifruit. The skin is very thin and just needs to be rinsed and rubbed lightly to dry.
- Oral Allergy Syndrome
Oral Allergy Syndrome is an allergy to certain raw fruits, vegetables, seeds, spices and nuts causing allergic reactions in the mouth and throat. These allergic reactions happen mostly in people with hay fever, especially spring hay fever due to birc
- Vaazhakka Tholi (Plantain Peel) Fry
simple and quick preparation with the leftover plantain peels
- How to Make Banana Peel Vinegar
Instead of throwing the banana peels in the garbage can, you can turn it to another product like the banana peel vinegar.
- Banana Peel Chutney
- Banana Peel Foster
A recipe using ripe bananas and peel.
- Banana peel steamed pork and rice
Banana peel wrap
- Green Banana Skin Bhaji (Dry Curry)
recipe with green bananas
- Plantain/Raw Banana Skin Chutney
Another plantain peel chutney
- Banana Skin and Cow Peas
- 12 Days of Edible Gifts: Candied Citrus Peel
Candied citrus peels using various fruit peels.
- How to Prepare Fresh Citrus Fruit Peel
Zesting a citrus fruit (lemons, limes, grapefruits or oranges) is an easy cooking project if you have a zester or a microplane. Both can be found at a cooking store or ordered online. A vegetable peeler or knife can also be used to zest the peel. Her
- Compound found in the peels of citrus fruit can potentially lower cholesterol more effectively than
A compound found in the peels of citrus fruit has the potential to lower cholesterol more effectively than some prescription drugs, and without side effects, according to a study by U.S. and Canadian researchers.
- Modified Citrus Pectin Slows Progression of Prostate Cancer
According to a new study published in The Prostate, patients taking modified citrus pectin, a carbohydrate derived from the peel of citrus fruit, may slow the progression of prostate cancer.
- Orange Peel Chutney Recipe
The peel of orange has its place in the cuisine of food in traditional indian dishes.
- Prime Rib with Sunkist Orange Peel, Black Pepper and Sea Salt
Making orange peel paste.
- Orange, Grapefruit Marmalade
A recipe for Orange, Grapefruit Marmalade. Follow the simple recipe instructions for Orange, Grapefruit Marmalade shared by other home cooking experts.
- Mixed Peels
Grapefruit, orange, lime and lemon candied peels.
- Lime Marmalade
A blog describing making a lime marmalade, using citrus pips to make the pectin.
- Orange Peel Chicken Recipe
Recipe using blackened orange rinds.
- Homemade Citrus Vinegar Cleaner
Cleaning product and laundry booster made with citrus peels.
- Edible oils may be upgraded with tomato peel waste
Enriching edible oils with tomato peel may enhance their bioavailability and upgrade their quality by increasing beta carotene and lycopene content and inducing better thermal stability, say researchers
- Pumpkin Peel Chutney ( Halloween Special-Best Out Of Waste)
After cutting the pumpkin instead of throwing the peel and center part prepare tasty healthy chutney.(Except the seeds)
- Potato Skins
Baked potato skins.
- Crispy potato skins
Healthy recipe from the Mayo Clinic with Nutritional Analysis.
- Sizzling Sweet Potato Skins
Baked sweet potato skins
- HERB-ROASTED SWEET POTATO SKINS- VEGAN
Baked Sweet Potato Skin side dish.